Amazon has picked up their drama pilot The Last Tycoon, starring Matt Bomer (White Collar) and Kelsey Grammer (Boss), to series, TVWise has confirmed. Ten episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season.
The Last Tycoon follows Hollywood’s Golden Boy, Monroe Stahr (Bomer) as he battles father figure and boss, Pat Brady (Grammer) for the soul of their studio. In a world darkened by the Great Depression and the growing international influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence, and towering ambition of 1930’s Hollywood. Lily Collins (The Blind Side) also stars as Cecelia Brady and noted Pulitzer-winning Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg serves as consulting producer.
The drama series, which is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony’s recently re-launched TriStar Television. The pilot was penned and directed by Billy Ray, who wrote the first draft for Fox’s aborted 24 feature film. Ray serves as executive producer and showruner alongside Christopher Keyser. Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and David A. Stern also executive produce, while Mad Men’s Scott Hornbacher and Perri Kipperman serve as co-executive producers.
With the series order, which was first reported by Deadline, The Last Tycoon joins a slate of original series at Amazon that includes Bosch, Hand Of God, The Man In The High Castle, Transparent, Mozart In The Jungle and Red Oaks. The first season is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2017, when all episodes will be made available in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.