The firsts keep coming for Amazon’s streaming video service. Days after “Transparent” won the retail and streaming giant its first Golden Globe, Amazon announced that it has ordered a full season of a scripted half-hour series from the writer and director Woody Allen. For now it's called just the “Untitled Woody Allen Project,” and he will write and direct all of its episodes. "The Untitled Woody Allen Project" will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany; cast and other details will be announced at a later date.
Though he’s worked on films for most of the last 50 years, beginning with his first feature, “What’s New Pussycat?” (as screenwriter) in 1965, the “Untitled Woody Allen Project” represents a kind of return to its creator’s beginnings. One of Allen’s first big breaks in the entertainment industry was as a script writer for TVG pioneers like Ed Sullivan and Sid Caesar back in the 1950s.
But Allen’s reputation is mostly built on his filmography, one of the largest of any American film director.
“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all time,” Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series.”
In a statement of his own, Allen, 79, responded to Price’s praise with characteristic levels of bravado and confidence.
“I don’t know how I got into this,” he said. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin.
“My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”