Ama­zon snares Woody Allen for TV se­ries

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in New York

Ama­zon Stu­dios is de­liv­er­ing Woody Allen as cre­ator of his first-ever TV se­ries.

The Os­car-win­ning film­maker will write and di­rect all of the episodes of the half-hour se­ries. A full sea­son has been or­dered for Ama­zon’s Prime In­stant Video, the company an­nounced on Tues­day. The se­ries is ex­pected to premiere in 2016.

No de­tails on cast­ing were dis­closed, nor was the se­ries ti­tle an­nounced.

Ama­zon Stu­dios vice-pres­i­dent Roy Price called Allen “a vi­sion­ary cre­ator who has made some of the great­est films of all time”, keep­ing him “at the cre­ative fore­front of Amer­i­can cin­ema” dur­ing a ca­reer that spans 50 years.

“I don’t know how I got into this,” the 79-year-old Allen says in a wryly mod­est state­ment. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to be­gin. My guess is that Roy Price will re­gret this.”

Allen has mas­ter­minded and of­ten starred in more than 40 films since his maiden di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, What’sUp Tiger Lily? in 1966. His lat­est movie project is Magic in theMoon­light, re­leased last year, with yet another film in the pipe­line for this year.

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