Amazon’s 2015 Theatrical Movies Won’t Come from Its Current Film Slate

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Studios plans to release 12 films a year.

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon Studios’s hit series “Transparent,” and the series’ star Jeffrey Tambor clutch their Golden Globes after the series won awards for “best comedy series” and “best actor.” NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — After its original series “Transparent” won Golden Globes for “best comedy series” and “lead actor,” the nearly five-year-old Amazon Studios has set its sights on the big screen.Amazon Studios currently lists 14 movie projects in development, which the e-commerce has procured through its over-the-transom script-submission process.Amazon.com Inc. will begin making feature- length movies for theatres, pushing further into Hollywood’s territory after winning its first major television awards last week.

Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original “prestige movies” annually. The studio announced Monday that it will produce and purchase up to 12 original films a year for distribution in movie theaters and through Amazon’s Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription service, according to USA Today.

Hope co-founded and ran Good Machine, a production company behind some Academy Award-nominated films, including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and “Eat Drink Man Woman.” Amazon Original Movies will focus on unique stories, characters and voices from “top and up-and-coming creators,” according to the company. Amazon, which started its TV production studio in 2010, on Jan. 11 won the Golden Globe award for best comedy series for Transparent, a show about a Los Angeles family who discovers their father is transgender.

The e-commerce giant launched Amazon Studios in 2010, touting its approach as “a new way to develop feature films and episodic series” — open to proposals from filmmakers and creators anywhere in the world.

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