Ten episodes of the Arctic thriller, featuring an ensemble cast that
includes Richard Dormer and Dennis Quaid, will debut later this year on
Prime Video in the US
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2017--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios and Sky Vision today announced the
addition of Fortitude to Amazon’s lineup of dramatic original
series for Prime Video in the US. The first season of Fortitude
premiered on Sky Atlantic in 2015 and became the network’s most
successful original drama commission to date, with the first episode
watched by an accumulative audience of more than 3.2 million. The first
season has also been available on Prime Video in the US since January
2016, with more than 2,000 four and five star reviews from customers.
Season two of the series will become an Amazon Original Series and
features an ensemble cast, including Richard
Dormer (Game of Thrones), Dennis
Quaid (Vantage Point), Sofie
Gråbøl (The Killing), Luke
Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), Darren
Boyd (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Björn
Hlynur Haraldsson (Jar 2pm City), Mia
Jexen (Happiness), Alexandra
Moen (Strike Back), Verónica
Echegui (The Cold Light of Day), Sienna
Guillory (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Ramon
Tikaram (Jupiter Ascending), Parminder
Nagra (ER), Michelle
Fairley (Game of Thrones), Robert
Sheehan (Misfits) and Ken
Stott (The Missing). The series is scheduled to premiere on
Prime Video in the US later this year.
Fortitude follows Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Dormer) of Fortitude, a
small isolated community with a captive population in an environment
that is undergoing change and upheaval due to parasite and pathogen
activity. After shooting the woman he loved, Dan becomes consumed with
guilt, disappears into the wilderness and was presumed dead. Without a
sheriff, the people of Fortitude begin to wonder whether Deputy Eric
Odegard (Haraldsson), who has spent the last few weeks desperately
searching for Dan, can fill his shoes. A new body is discovered on the
other side of town and Eric must step up and lead this horrific
investigation. As his own police team is trying to figure out who would
have killed a man for no apparent reason, Dan suddenly reappears—a
violent broken ruin of a man and wild to the point of feral. Quaid stars
as Michael Lennox, a fisherman and patriarch of a family living in
Fortitude, who is struggling to come to terms with his terminally ill
wife, and will try anything to find a cure.
“In Fortitude, our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a
remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has
resonated with audiences globally,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy,
Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to add such a beautiful and
captivating series to our originals slate.”
“Amazon is the perfect home for Fortitude in the US,” said Jane
Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision. “Fortitude is high-end,
addictive viewing and perfectly suits Amazon's scripted portfolio.
Amazon has been a keen supporter of the series from the outset, having
taken an SVOD window on season one. We're delighted to now extend the
relationship and make Amazon the home of our most successful returning
Sky Atlantic original drama series.”
Fortitude is an Amazon Original Series in the US and Sky Original
Production in the UK, produced by Fifty
Fathoms, the makers of BAFTA-winning Marvellous, for BBC Two.
The series is created and written by Simon
Donald, and executive produced by Donald, Faye
Dorn (Inspector George Gently) and Patrick
Spence (The A Word). Trevor
Hopkins (Strike Back) and Susie
Liggat (Doctor Who) serve as producers.
Fortitude will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy
using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including
Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online, along with other Amazon
Original Series at Amazon.com/originals,
at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already
Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
About Amazon Video
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About Sky Vision
Sky Vision is the production and
distribution arm of Sky. The distribution arm represents around 5,000
hours of quality primetime programming from Sky Originals and
independent third-party production, across all key primetime genres
(drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and factual). The business
also has equity investments in seven production businesses in the UK and
US; Love Productions, Blast! Films, Sugar Films and Sky Vision
Productions in the UK; and in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, Talos Films
and Znak & Co.
In addition to its equity investments, Sky Vision works extensively
within dependent producers in the UK and US and has development deals
with a number of production companies; including Asylum Entertainment
and Peacock Alley in North America; and Avanti Media, Bohemia,
Chalkboard, LittleRock Pictures, Merman Films and Spring Films in the UK.
About Fifty Fathoms
Fifty Fathoms was set up by Patrick
Spence under Endemol Shine Group in 2010. Patrick now runs the company
with Katie Swinden (Peaky Blinders, Marvellous). Filming recently
completed on Guerrilla, a 6 x 60' series for Sky Atlantic and Showtime,
written and directed by Academy Award winner John Ridley, starring
Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Denise Gough, Danny Mays, Zawe
Ashton and Idris Elba, about two political activists fighting against a
racist police force in 1970s London.
Fifty Fathoms’ 2014 debut production, Marvellous, a 90′ single film
written by Peter Bowker, told the incredible true story of Neil Baldwin,
a man who refused to accept the label of learning difficulties. Directed
by Julian Farino (Entourage, The Office (US) ) and starring Toby Jones
and Gemma Jones, it went on to win BAFTAs for Best Single Film, Best
Director and Best Supporting Actress; Best Writer and Director, RTS;
Best Film and Best Actor, BPG and Best Film, Writers Guild Awards and
FIPA. And they have been picked up for a second season of The A Word,
Pete Bowker's 6 x 60' series for BBC1 and Sundance, directed by Peter
Cattaneo, starring Christopher Eccleston, Lee Ingleby and Morven
Christie, a co-production with Keshet.
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