Amazon Orders New Drama About SF Chinatown’s Historic Tong Wars to be Directed By Wong Kar-Wai
Amazon ordered several new projects for its online streaming platform including a Wong Kar-wai directed drama, a comedy featuring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, and three others down the line.
“Tong Wars”, an hour-long drama directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, follows the story of conflict and disputes between rival Tong gang factions in several Chinatowns located in the United States during the 1880s to 1930s. Variety learned that Paul Attansio has been tapped to write the drama as well as take the executive producer chair.
Former “Saturday Night Live” stars Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph are set to take the lead of an untitled half-hour comedy and serve as the show’s executive producers as well. They will be joined by writers and creators Alan Yang (co-creator of the Netflix “Master of None”) and Matt Hubbard (“Parks and Recreation”).
It is unclear what type of roles Armisen and Rudolph will take on but Deadline believes they will play a married couple.
Also coming to Amazon online streaming are three other series including “The Boys”, a project from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. According to the reports, the show could go for a straight-to-series order without the need for a pilot episode.
“Making Friends”, from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother” Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, is included among the projects that will air on Amazon in the near future, and it will be the platform’s first ever multi-camera comedy series.
A pilot order for “Upload”, from the creator of “The Office”, Greg Daniels, has also been ordered by Amazon. No official word yet on when these projects will air.
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