By Sahil Patel
Amazon Studios has no intention of slowing down.
Having already launched two original shows — “Alpha House” and “Betas” — in the past month with several others in various stages of production, the company continues to add to its pilot/development slate. In fact, Amazon Studios says it has 11 original pilots ready to roll out on Amazon Instant Video and LoveFilm (in the UK) in early 2014.
One of these pilots is “Mozart in the Jungle,” a drama focusing on sex, drugs, and everything else that happens “behind the curtains” at a New York City symphony.
Written by Oscar-nominated scribe Roman Coppola (“The Darjeeling Limited”), actor Jason Schwartzman (“Moonrise Kingdom”), and Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), the show has just revealed the cast for the pilot. Gael Garcia Bernal (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) will headline as Rodrigo, the “hotshot” new conductor at the New York Symphony. He will be joined by Malcolm McDowell (“Franklin & Bash”) as Thomas, the veteran conductor who’s being forced into early retirement by the arrival of Rodrigo.
Other cast members include Lola Kirke (“Reaching for the Moon”) as an impressionable oboist named Hailey; Bernadette Peters (“Smash”) as the chairwoman of the board at the symphony; and Saffron Burrows (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) as a cellist who’s in the middle of an affair with McDowell’s character. Peter Vack (“CBGB”) and Hannah Dunne (“This Is It”) will also appear as the love interest and friend of Kirke’s character, respectively.
Amazon says the pilot for “Mozart in the Jungle” will debut sometime early next year. It will be directed and executive produced by Pete Weitz.
Other 2014 Amazon pilots include “The After” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter; “Bosch,” based on the best-selling detective series by Michael Connelly; “The Rebels” from Matt Alvarez and former NFL player Michael Strahan; and “Transparent” from Emmy-nominee Jill Solloway.