Amazon Studios announced I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick will become Amazon Original Series and will debut next year exclusively for Amazon Prime members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. Members can watch these as part of their membership via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals.
Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series, Amazon Studios said, “These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny. It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video.”
The new half hour series include I Love Dick, based on the renowned feminist novel about a couple’s marital struggles in the artistic and academic community of Marfa, Texas; Jean–Claude Van Johnson, where martial arts film star Jean-Claude Van Damme operates under the alias of ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ to serve as the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world; and The Tick, an offbeat and dark superhero tale based on the acclaimed comic. Customers can watch the pilot episodes at www.amazon.com/pilotseason.
Before we tell you more about the shows, here’s a showreel that Amazon Prime had put out, asking for viewers to select what they’d like to watch.
I Love Dick
Adapted from the cult classic, I Love Dick, referred to as “the most important book about men and women written in the last century” (Emily Gould, The Guardian), is set in a colorful intellectual community in Marfa, Texas. Chris (Kathryn Hahn) and Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) arrive in Marfa when Sylvere is offered a fellowship to finish a book he’s been writing on the Holocaust. When they meet Dick (Kevin Bacon), he taunts their imaginations and upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy. An exploration of the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire, I Love Dick charts the evolution of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the deification of a writer named Dick. I Love Dick is executive produced by Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling and Sarah Gubbins. The pilot was directed by Soloway and written by Gubbins.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson
If you need to eliminate a political rival, debilitate a multinational corporation, or overthrow an entire government, and you need it done with the utmost secrecy, there’s only one person to turn to: one of the most internationally recognizable movie stars in the history of film. Jean–Claude Van Johnson stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) playing “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of “Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. Lucky for the world’s bad guys, he’s been retired for years…unlucky for them, a chance encounter with a lost love is about to bring him back to the game…and this time, he’ll be deadlier than ever. Probably.
The pilot for Jean–Claude Van Johnson starred Van Damme along with Kat Foster, and Phylicia Rashad. The show is executive produced by Peter Atencio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Van Damme. From Scott Free Productions, the pilot was directed by Atencio, and written and created by Dave Callaham.
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The pilot for The Tick starred Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines. The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld, directed by Wally Pfister and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
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