It’s official now. Hand of God is getting a full season.
Amazon Studios has given the go-ahead to its next two original series: drama “Hand of God,” starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany, and Steven Soderbergh’s suburban comedy “Red Oaks.”
The two series, selected from Amazon’s third wave of pilots released in August, are slated to bow on Amazon Prime Instant Video in 2015. In addition, Amazon Studios has ordered additional scripts of Whit Stillman’s “The Cosmopolitans,” a half-hour comedy set in Paris, to further “explore the series.”
“We are excited to get working on full seasons of ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Red Oaks,’” said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price. “These shows come from some of the most talented creators in the business.” (…)
“Hand of God,” the TV debut of filmmaker Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “World War Z”). The dramatic thriller stars “Sons of Anarchy”’s Perlman and “Body of Proof”’s Delany (pictured, above). Show centers on Judge Harris (Perlman), a hard-living 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. Forster, scribe Ben Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King are exec producers, and Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer.
I don’t think it’s official yet, but here is what Deadline is reporting:
It appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company’s third batch of pilots expire today. I’ve learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series.
A new interview with Garret showed up at The PC Principle today. It’s a nice, long one. Hit the link to read it.
Pop Culture Principle: Can you tell us the premise for Hand of God?
Garret Dillahunt – On its surface it is somewhat of a vengeance tale, but underneath I think it’s about what are the reasons people find to do the dark things that they do.
Pop Culture Principle: When you read the script for the pilot, what made you want to be part of the project?
Garret Dillahunt – I didn’t know who I was going to play yet. There were some conflicting things about what role I was going to play. So, I just got to read the story which is sometimes nice because you are not blinded by your own character. I thought the interrogation scene with the judge, the daughter-in-law and the cop was very unusual, unique and oddly believable. That scene made me really uncomfortable and I loved what was going to be required of that actress for that scene. Also, the final scene was a big surprise to me in the fact that he was right. You are thinking they have the wrong guy and then you are totally conflicted because they have the right guy, but is that the way to handle the situation. I really liked the fact that I didn’t see that one coming.
I know that ending may be sticking point for some people because people may thing we are trying to tell them that God is real or that we may be justifying religious terrorism. We aren’t doing either and it is just a story. It’s not an indictment of or championing any kind of religion. It’s just the way these people found a way to justify what they do. – The PC Principle
A nice little reunion there.
Press release (FX):
Justified ARRESTS SAM ELLIOTT AND GARRET DILLAHUNT
Actors Will Join Cast for the Final Season of FX’s Acclaimed Hit Drama Series
Sixth and Final Season to Debut January 2015
September 19, 2014, LOS ANGELES – FX has cast Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt in recurring roles on its critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama series Justified, which enters its final season January 2015.
Sam Elliott will portray “Markham,” a legendary Kentucky gangster who returns from exile with a private army and bags of cash (earned growing legal weed in Colorado), hell-bent on winning back his empire and the lost love of his life, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen). He’ll find himself butting heads with Raylan and Boyd and even with Katherine herself, who secretly believes that Markham is the rat who brought down her husband.
Garret Dillahunt will play “Walker”, a spec ops veteran who’s spent much of the last decade deployed in combat zones, first as a soldier and most recently as a private contractor. He now handles security for a quasi-legal businessman, a job to which he brings all of the skills (as well as the demons) he acquired during his military career. Walker hides his simmering rage behind an exterior of cold professionalism — until the combined irritants of Raylan and Boyd wear away his veneer and bring the monster to the surface.
The Scribbler opens in theatres today and is also available on iTunes and VOD. The DVD/Blu-ray will be out on October 21.
Elsewhere, Ghosts of the Pacific is now known as Against the Sun.
If you are in NYC, Fangoria is hosting a free screening of The Scribbler on Monday, Sept. 22. Details here. They also have a new clip: