Amazon Studios first film projects Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, and Children of Others are being produced by Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon. Amazon Studios was developed and launched by Amazon.com last year and invited “users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later”.
Information of the development of each film and who is producing it through Amazon Studios:
Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. Written by Scott Mullen, the script revolves around a woman who has the unusual ability to track people based on the things they’ve touched, but suffers from physical pain whenever she’s touched by another person. The FBI enlists her and her powers to help hunt down a serial killer. Check out a preliminary trailer (which features some truly unfortunate acting) at the Amazon Studios site.
Gerber is attached to produce Original Soldiers, based on a short film by the Amazon Studios team. (Watch it here.) Set in the year 2035, the plot sees two old-school soldiers who must save the day when an attack ship disables America’s droid defense force. The studio will select a writer from over 1,000 pitches that were submitted for the story. Gerber’s resume includes The Dukes of Hazzard, Beerfest, and Gran Torino.
Finally, Saxon, who’s produced Silence of the Lambs, Adaptation., and Away We Go, is set for Barrington Smith-Seetachit‘s screenplay Children of Others. Winner of the studio’s Best Script Award, the story follows a woman who finally gets pregnant through a fertility clinic, but then learns that her unborn child could be the first step of a massive alien invasion — or humanity’s best hope for salvation. See a rough treatment of a scene from the film here.
Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, and Children of Others are all “in the early development stages. No directors or actors have been announced at this time.”
Original Soldiers and Children of Other are the films that interest me the most, especially Original Soldiers. What do you think of Amazon getting into the movie biz?