Amazon are continuing their quest to keep up with Netflix in the streaming wars by announcing another big-budget series from filmmakers with an already established fanbase. They announced that they will be teaming up with Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo for a series that’s so far only been described as “globe-spanning”.
Part of the official press release stated: “Amazon Studios is on a quest to create a radical global storytelling disruption by teaming with the Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios on a large-scope, multi-layered international event series”, before going on to explain that the brothers will have full creative freedom and that Amazon is aiming for the show to “redefine the boundaries of storytelling”.
Amazon also added: “While the creative is under wraps, the origin mothership series will function as a fire-starter to ignite the creation of multiple original local language and local production series. All of the local series are meant to enhance the entire entertainment experience and will be available for the viewer to deep dive into an imagined layered world”.
That’s basically a convoluted way of saying that the Russo’s first series will likely be the start of an interconnected universe of similar, smaller shows. Who knows if the “origin mothership” phrase is some sort of clue to the series itself or just something Amazon execs thought sounded epic enough to include.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, also said of the series: “The Russo Brothers have impacted the pop culture barometer of creative excellence with their vision for both Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War.
They brought a level of scale and execution to those films that has raised the bar for audiences everywhere and we can’t wait for them to do the same for us on this project for our Amazon Prime Customer. We are thrilled to be working with Joe and Anthony Russo and their AGBO Studios as they build this incredible, multifaceted, international franchise”.
Obviously, very few details about the show are available, and it sounds as if Amazon are specifically keeping their cards close to their chest on this one. We’ll likely find out some more details when production kicks off, whenever that will be.
With so many big-budget series in development, most certainly gone are the days of Amazon Pilot Season and the smaller, quotidian shows that occupied their streaming service for years. As they have stated in the past, they’re aggressively looking for the next Game Of Thrones.