Gael Garcia Bernal (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and Malcolm McDowell (“Franklin & Bash”) star in a new Paul Weitz-directed pilot scheduled to debut on Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year
“Mozart in the Jungle” is one of eleven new pilots to debut early next year for all Amazon customers to watch and provide feedback exclusively through Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2013-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon Studios today announced casting for Mozart in the Jungle, a Paul Weitz-directed pilot that will debut on Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year. Written by Academy Award-nominee Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), Mozart in the Jungle is about sex, drugs—and classical music—and shows what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.
Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell (Franklin & Bash) as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo, Lola Kirke (Reaching for the Moon) as the impressionable oboist Hailey, and Bernadette Peters (Smash) who plays Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony. Mozart in the Jungle also stars Saffron Burrows (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (CBGB) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Julliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, and Hannah Dunne (This is It) as Lizzie, Hailey’s friend and roommate.
"It's an excellent and fun cast,” said Paul Weitz, Director and Executive Producer. “They all enjoyed stepping through the looking glass into characters who are obsessed with a very different discipline."
In early 2014 customers will be invited to watch, provide feedback and help determine which pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK. Pilots include The After from Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (The X-Files), Bosch, based on the best-selling Harry Bosch book series by Michael Connelly, The Rebels from Matt Alvarez and Michael Strahan – the former New York Giants football player and host of Live with Kelly and Michael, and Transparent from Emmy-nominee Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under).
About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that's open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and will then be notified within 45 days if that script is optioned. Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions and those who choose to make their projects public will also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.
Eleven pilots will debut in early 2014 including kids’ pilots - Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, The Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof!, comedies The Rebels and Transparent, and dramas Bosch and The After. They will be available exclusively on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK for all customers to watch and provide feedback.
Since launch, more than 18,000 movie scripts and 4,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to upload their proposals for comedy and children’s programming at http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series or submit them privately via Amazon Studios.
Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon's IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.
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