Amazon orders neo-Victorian fantasy series
VOD News | On 12, May 2017
Amazon has given the green light to Carnival Row, a Neo-Victorian fantasy series.
The fantasy-noir is set in a neo-Victorian city, where mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.
The eight-episode show will be produced by Legendary Television and written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle, Medium). Joining Echevarria is Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage, Sherlock), who is set to direct and executive produce.
It’s based on A Killing on Carnival Row, a feature film written by Pacific Rim’s Travis Beacham, which was on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. Beacham will also exec produce.
“There has never been a series like Carnival Row before,” says Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before. A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what Rene, Travis and Paul are creating and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.”
“Carnival Row is inspiringly ambitious,” adds Lauren Whitney, President of Scripted Television at Legendary, “and timely in a way that we never could have anticipated. We are thrilled to have excellent partners at Amazon, and the infinitely talented trio of Echevarria, McGuigan and Beacham as the driving force behind this show.”
The series is scheduled to begin filming in autumn 2018 ready for a 2019 release.