10:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'Like Crazy' Director Sets Amazon TV Series 'White Fur'
Drake Doremus is the latest auteur filmmaker headed to television.
The Equals director is teaming with Amazon for romantic drama series White Fur. The hourlong show is based on a book of the same name by author Jardine Libaire, who will pen the script. Doremus will helm the series.
White Fur is described as a tender, transgressive and epic love story that follows a young couple who battle the class divide and social conformity in 1980s New York. The project hails from FilmNation Entertainment, the independent film company behind Arrival and recent breakout The Big Sick.
FilmNation’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will executive produce alongside Doremus. Libaire will serve as a co-executive producer.
“Amazon is building an astonishing lineup of television that aligns perfectly with our taste. Jardine’s fresh voice coupled with Drake’s distinct style are the makings of a sexy, smart and compelling show,” Browning said Tuesday in a statement.
Added Libaire: “Working with FilmNation and with Drake Doremus has been such a powerfully creative experience, and finding a home at Amazon is a dream. Everyone involved is interested in incubating an intelligently subversive love story, and I'm just thrilled to develop White Fur with this team."
Doremus previously directed Like Crazy, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and Equals (2015), starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. His latest feature, Newness, starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, recently sold to Netflix after making its debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
Doremus joins Amazon's roster of top filmmakers turning to TV. Projects already in the works include David O. Russell's untitled mafia drama, starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore; Nicolas Winding Refn's crime drama Too Old to Die Young, fronted by Miles Teller; and Barry Jenkins' limited series The Underground Railroad.