Amazon has landed a hot TV commodity: a drama series starring Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.
The streaming service has given the untitled series from David O. Russell a two-season order, our sister site Deadline is reporting, with a whopping $160 million commitment. Both seasons will run eight episodes each, with Oscar-nominated director Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) writing and directing each episode himself.
Need another reason to get excited about this? The series is reportedly a Mafia crime series — which would bring De Niro back to the glory days of GoodFellas, Casino and The Godfather Part II. (He’s also starred in a number of Russell’s recent films, including last year’s Joy, with Jennifer Lawrence.) Moore, no slouch herself, won an Emmy in 2012 for playing VP candidate Sarah Palin in the HBO movie Game Change.
News of the series first broke in August, with production company The Weinstein Company pitching the unbeatable combo of De Niro, Moore and Russell around Hollywood. This is Amazon’s second big deal with The Weinstein Company in recent weeks, following their acquisition of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s next TV project.
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