Less than a month after the show’s second season debuted on the streaming service, Amazon Prime Video has picked up their Philip K. Dick series The Man In The High Castle for a ten episode third season.
As TVWise previously reported, the show’s second season was not without its share of production issues and after a creative rift emerged between Amazon execs, Frank Spotnitz, who developed the series (first at Syfy and later brought the project to Amazon), exited as showrunner.
Following Spotnitz’s departure mid-way through production on season two, Amazon did not name an immediate replacement with decisions being made “by committee”. Amazon has now moved to fill the void and has tapped Bosch executive producer Eric Overmyer to serve as showrunner on the show’s third season.
“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama for Amazon Studios. “Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not. We couldn’t be more excited to bring season three to customers in 2017.”
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, season two of the one-hour drama series The Man in the High Castle continues to explore what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone”—and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.”
The drama series stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Rupert Evans (American Pastoral), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), DJ Qualls (Z Nation), Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove), Brennan Brown (Focus), Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon), and Callum Keith Rennie (Longmire), with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Revenge) and Rufus Sewell (Victoria). It was developed by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), with Ridley Scott (The Martian), David W. Zucker (The Good Wife), Richard Heus (Ugly Betty), Isa Dick Hackett (The Adjustment Bureau), and Daniel Percival (Banished) serving as executive producers.