A year and a half after “Mad Men” gave the world a Coke, Matthew Weiner is officially returning to the small screen. Deadline reports that Amazon and the Weinstein Company have emerged as the winner in a heated bidding war for Weiner’s next television venture, an eight-episode series that sold for $70 million.
The untitled anthology series will be set in the present day and take place in several locations across the globe, according to Deadline. In addition to creating, writing and executive producing the series, Weiner is also set to direct roughly half of the first season’s episodes. Prior to “Mad Men,” he played an increasingly central role on “The Sopranos” as a writer and producer throughout the HBO drama’s six-season run.
“In a time when there are so many options for entertainment, it’s been tremendous to see how Roy Price and Amazon have taken center stage by distinguishing themselves through bold choices,” said Weiner in a statement. “I am truly excited to have this opportunity to work with risk takers like them and Harvey and the Weinstein Company who have a proven, longstanding commitment to creative voices and innovation.”