Amazon Studios Nabs Sci-Fi Comedy 'NORAD' (Exclusive)

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Amazon Studios is mixing genres with its newest project.

The streaming service has purchased half-hour sci-fi comedy NORAD from Butter writer Jason Micallef, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. The logline is being kept under wraps, though the title could refer to the organization that provides air defense to North America.

Director Jim Field Smith, with whom Micallef collaborated on the Jennifer Garner comedy Butter, is attached to executive produce alongside Underground's Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire.

NORAD joins a number of upcoming projects for the Santa Monica-based studio, including biblical drama Promised Land, Carlton Cuse-penned Civil War drama Point of Honor, yoga studio comedy Down Dog and Shawn Ryan adaptation Mad Dogs.

Amazon on Aug. 28 released its third batch of pilots for audience feedback, including comedy The Cosmopolitans from Whit Stillman, 1980s-set comedy Red Oaks from producer Steven Soderbergh and drama Hand of God starring Ron Perlman.

Thus far, Amazon has picked up six series since beginning its pilot initiative, in which viewers can watch all the pilots for free and rate their favorites. The first batch of pilots resulted in series orders for political comedy Alpha House, now in its second season, and Betas, which was not renewed. The second slate yielded Jill Soloway's Transparent, which premieres Sept. 26, Chris Carter's The After, Michael Connelly adaptation Bosch and New York symphony-set comedy Mozart in the Jungle.

Micallef and Smith are repped by WME and Underground.

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