Just a quick update:
Hand of God will be released on Amazon Instant on August 28, and viewers will decide whether or not it gets picked up. The pilot will be available to viewers in the US and the UK.
A few snippets from Amazon’s press release:
Amazon today announced it will debut its third pilot season August 28 on Amazon Instant Video in the US and the UK. Once again, customers are invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series. The pilots can be viewed later this month with the Amazon Instant Video app available on Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs—or customers can visit Amazon.com/AIV to watch online.
Five pilots will be available including half-hour comedies “The Cosmopolitans,” “Really” and “Red Oaks,” and hour-long dramatic thrillers “Hand of God” and “Hysteria.” (…)
As part of its unique development process, Amazon gives customers an opportunity to provide feedback on which pilots they want turned into series on Prime Instant Video. During pilot season, any Amazon customer can watch, rate and comment on the pilots. At the end of pilot season, that feedback helps determine the shows that become an Amazon Original Series. (…)
Hand of God
Marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, World War Z) and written by Ben Watkins, Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy as “Judge Pernell Harris.” Hand of God also stars Dana Delany as the Judge’s protective wife “Crystal Harris,” Garret Dillahunt as “KD,” the born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor “Robert ‘Bobo’ Boston,” Alona Tal as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law “Jocelyn Harris,” Julian Morris as the questionable preacher “Paul Curtis,” Elizabeth McLaughlin as the preacher’s sultry girlfriend “Alicia,” and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Pernell’s call girl and confidante “Tessie.” The show centers on the powerful Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King are Executive Producers, and Jillian Kugler is co-Executive Producer.
For the full announcement, go to Spoiler TV.
A few quick updates.
Garret is currently shooting a film called Foreigners in the Philippines. Not much info out there about it, except that it’s a Filipino-Australian production, with Garret, Will Howarth and Angeli Bayani in lead roles. Also this:
Directed by Sam and Tom McKeith, the film, which is inspired by a true story and tells the story of a boxer, is currently being shot in Metro Manila and features Hollywood actors including Will Howarth. Another Filipino, Mercedes Cabral, is also in the cast. Howarth and Rob Coe are coproducers.
Second, Hand of God. This is what Deadline reported from the upfronts:
There’s no press site up yet to obtain materials, not to mention there’s an approximate, not exact, set of release dates for upcoming shows, i.e. Jill Soloway’s series Transparent drops in late September, Alpha House in late October, Roman Coppola, Alex Timbers and Jason Schwartzman’s Mozart in the Jungle in December and Amazon’s two dramas, Bosch and Chris Carter’s The After in 2015. Pilots Red Oaks, The Cosmopolitans, Really, Hysteria and Hand of God will be streamed to the site in August. Amazon’s third pilot process entails their customers voting on what they like before proceeding with a series commitment.
And the first trailer for Ghosts of the Pacific showed up on the film’s Facebook page. Thanks to HarryPotterCast1 for bringing it to YouTube:
TheaterMania has a new interview with Garret. You can read it here.
How did Conviction get onto your radar?
Sarah Paulson and I share an agent, so when she was cast in the play it came to my attention. I haven’t done a play in about three years, and I had been sort of keeping my eye out for something that would pique my interest. I read it and it really stuck with me. I liked the dialogue a lot, and I liked how natural it felt. Plus, I wanted to work with Sarah in an actual scene together! And I’ve heard nothing but great things about Bay Street and the Sag Harbor community.
What is the biggest challenge in playing Tom Hodges, someone who may or may not be a pretty awful person?
It’s tricky ground because [the play is] about someone who preys on children. Probably the hardest part of playing Tom is to not make any judgments about him while I play him. I have to see his point of view. I’m trying to maintain some level of affection for someone who might do something like this. But the play shows how you’re one mistake away from ruining anything. — More at TheaterMania.com