Amazon Studios has given the green light to new drama "The Expatriates" by Nicole Kidman Blossom Films, two seasons of the horror event series "THEM" by Lena Waithe, and a new comedy by "The Office" Greg Daniels, titled "Upload." 19659002] "The Expatriates" is based on the bestseller by Janice YK Lee and award-winning screenwriter Alice Bell. After Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, announced a first-look deal with Blossom Films earlier this summer, they were "thrilled" to begin the relationship with this story.
"The story weaves addictive tapestry that follows a group of complex women and their lives as outsiders in Hong Kong, it is a compelling exploration of the strength of these women who struggle through struggles with marriage, career, parenting and unimaginable loss", said Salke.
Kidman added that she, too, was excited by this collaboration. "The Expatriates is just the beginning of our shared goal of making delicious stories with something meaningful about the world," she said.
Against the backdrop of "The Vertical City" of Hong Kong, "The Expatriates" is a drama series that will explore the vibrant life of a close-knit expatriate community: where prosperity is celebrated, friendships are intense, but knowingly temporary, and personal Life, death and marriages are held in public ̵
"The Expatriates" is produced by Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films and Theresa Park for POW! Productions, with Lee as a consulting producer.
"THEM", by executive producer Waithe, author and executive producer Little Marvin and executive producer Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Michael Connolly with Vertigo Ent., Will focus his first season on an anthology approach in 1953.
"THEM: Covenant" will follow the still-to-fill characters of Alfred and Lucky Emory, who decide to move their North Carolina family to a whopping Los Angeles neighborhood. The home of the family in a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes the zero point where malevolent forces, both real and supernatural, threaten, devastate and destroy.
"My heart pounded for another hour after hearing that sound, the show is scary and addictive, yet provocative and socially relevant," said Salke. "We are thrilled to work with the incredibly talented Lena Waithe, Little Marvin and Vertigo."
The idea behind the show is "Do you know your neighbors," added Vernon Sanders, co-head of television at Amazon Studios, in a statement. "Little Marvin's fresh, relevant voice explores the horrors that lurk around the street, around the corner and even right next door in this season of our series of events – this is the perfect Lean-in show for Prime Video customers, and we can not wait
Waithe, who had arranged a first-look deal with Showtime earlier this week, said, "Little Marvin's script stayed for weeks after I read it, he wrote something that was provocative and frightening The first season will show how scary it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that it's just as horrible to be black in 2018. This anthology series will examine the cultural differences between us all and exploring in a way we've never seen before. "
Little Marvin added:" I've always felt that dark, surreal times are dark and surreal s to show yourself. And at this time one of the best ways to investigate fractures in our world through the visceral and raw lens of horror. I am more than thrilled that our series is at home among the fine people on Amazon. "
" THEM "is a production of Sony Pictures Television
" Upload, "which comes from Daniels and his production partner Howard Klein and stars Andy Allo and Robbie Amell, is a 10-part half-hour sci-fi romantic satire The show is set to take place in the near future, where people close to death can be "uploaded" into a virtual life of their choice.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Greg and Howard on this new series again," Says Sanders, "They've done some of the best comedies of the last three decades, and I know that our prime video clients enjoy having uploads premieres."
In the year 2033, the secretly romantic, Brooklyn-born Nora (Allo) Customer Service for a Luxurious Virtual Reality Environment When the handsome LA Party Boy crashes Nathan's (Amell) self-driving car, his caring girlfriend invariably invites him to Nora's VR world.  "Amazon is the perfect place to upload," Daniels said of her strong creative team, and because it's a company that could someday lead a digital life after death. If I am comfortable with them, I hope for a big discount on my first thousand years. "
" Upload "is created and written by Daniels, who also serves as showrunner, executive producer and directs the pilot.