Amazon’s unique approach to its original series continues with orders for new pilots from Guillermo del Toro and Amy Sherman-Palladino, Deadline reports. The “Pan’s Labyrinth” director is creating “Carnival Row” alongside “Pacific Rim” collaborator Travis Beacham, while the “Gilmore Girls” creator is executive-producing “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Also on the docket: “Strange New Things,” “Tropicana” and “The Legend of Master Legend.”
“Carnival Row” is based on a spec script called “A Killing on Carnival Row” that Beacham wrote more than a decade ago, which Amazon signed a deal to develop early last year. René Echevarria of “Star Trek” and “The 4400” penned the script for the pilot. Taking place in a retro-futuristic city called the Burgue, it centers around a serial killer whose presence threatens both human and nonhuman residents. “Mrs. Maisel,” meanwhile, is a dramedy both written and executive produced by Sherman-Palladino; it tells of a housewife in the 1950s who launches a career as a stand-up comedian — one of the first women to do so.
Written by Matt Charman and directed by Kevin MacDonald, “Strange New Things” is an adaptation of Michel Faber’s “The Book of Strange New Things,” a novel about an English man of faith who ends up also being a man in space; Brian Eno is providing the score. Andrea Simon is executive-producing “Tropicana,” which is set in the eponymous Cuban nightclub during the country’s pre-revolutionary era. “The Legend of Master Legend” concerns real-life superheroes and is based on a Rolling Stone article written by Joshuah Bearman. All five series are being produced by Amazon Studios, though “Carnival Row” is a co-production with Legendary TV and “Strange New Things” is being co-produced with Left Bank Pictures.