Amazon inks overall deal with Steve McQueen
James R | On 16, Jan 2020
Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning artist, director and screenwriter Steve McQueen.
The agreement will see the 12 Years a Slave and Hunger helmer create and produce content for Amazon Studios to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
McQueen’s upcoming drama Small Axe, a Turbine Studios and Lammas Park production for BBC One with Amazon co-producing in the US, starring John Boyega and Letitia Wright, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the US later in 2020.
As part of the deal, McQueen’s television project Last Days, a Lammas Park and See-Saw Films production, has been put into development.
Last Days is a gripping sci-fi thriller where the world’s governments have secretly created a controversial plan to selectively colonize Mars in the wake of a dying Earth and the rise of AI. The series will follow one woman’s journey to explore the truth about where she came from, at the risk of losing everything she knows.
Academy Award winner Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. His critically acclaimed first feature Hunger, starring Michael Fassbender as an IRA hunger-striker, won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. He re-teamed with Fassbender for his follow up feature Shame, for which Fassbender won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for Best Actor, ranks as one of the highest grossing NC-17 rated movies. McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave dominated awards season, winning, amongst many others, the Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and AAFCA Awards for Best Picture while McQueen received DGA, Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe directing nods. His most recent feature Widows was one of the best reviewed films of the year and starred Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez. McQueen’s upcoming project Small Axe, starring John Boyega and Letitia Wright, is a six-part anthology series for the BBC, which brings to life the experiences of London’s West Indian community.
“I’m thrilled about this new venture and partnership with Amazon. The idea of having a partner that will support and facilitate risk and change is more than exciting,” says McQueen.
“The award-winning talents of Steve McQueen seem to be endless, with his unique ability to craft stories that provoke, educate and entertain,” adds Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “With the compelling Last Days already in development, we are excited to see what else McQueen creates for our global Amazon Prime Video customers.”