Woody Allen Writing and Directing an Amazon Series

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:47 Written by  iamrogue
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Woody Allen Writing and Directing an Amazon Series

Amazon is on a roll.  Its original series, Transparent, won two Golden Globes on Sunday.

Now Amazon Studios has scored a major coup, enlisting none other than Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series.

Previously as rigidly divided as a cafeteria lunch tray, the realms of film and television are increasingly bleeding over into one another.  As this unprecedented age of TV creativity continues, streaming platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix have been stealing a bit of that televised thunder, wooing filmmakers like David Fincher away from the big screen and the boob tube.

Snagging a writer-director with Allen's decades-long history and legendary status is a big deal.  He is, after all, a four-time Oscar winner, and though he has indeed been the subject of much controversy, his contribution to 20th century movies is undeniable.

Amazon Studios has already put in a first-season order for the half-hour comedic series, according to Variety.  The show will stream on Amazon Prime at some point next year.

Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Amazong Studios vice president Roy Price declared. “From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”

With characteristic self-deprecation, Allen himself chimed in, “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

Having most recently made Magic in the Moonlight, which didn't live up to the highs of recent efforts Blue Jasmine or Midnight in Paris.  He's currently in post-production on an as-yet untitled film concerning a college professor who begins a relationship with a student, a premise that sounds sure to kick off some spirited discussion, to say the least.

A frequent complaint about Allen's filmography concerns his inconsistency, but the man has put out a movie every single year since 1981.  With that kind of output, they're not all going to live up to Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Annie Hall, or Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

He's no stranger to television, having appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and frequently on The Tonight Show

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