Guillermo del Toro, Amy Sherman-Palladino Projects Among Amazon Pilot Orders

The streamer has picked up five new pilots including an adaptation of 'The Book of Strange New Things.'
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Amazon has picked up a group of five new pilots that include projects from Guillermo del Toro and Amy Sherman Palladino, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

The streamer has been developing del Toro's Carnival Row as a drama series since early 2015. The long-in-the-works project was written by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) in 2005 and was originally conceived as feature-length film A Killing on Carnival Row. Legendary bought the script in 2014 and will co-produce the project with Amazon. The original script was adapted for TV by del Toro, Beacham and Rene Echevarria. They are executive producing with Gary Ungar. 

Sherman Palladino, meanwhile, has written 1950s-set dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which will tell the story of a housewife who decides to become a standup comic. The Gilmore Girls creator is executive producing the pilot.

Strange New Things will adapt Michel Faber's 2014 novel The Book of Strange New Things. Matt Charman wrote the script, which tells the story of a pastor who travels to deep space and leaves his wife behind. Kevin MacDonald will direct and executive produce the pilot alongside executive producers Charman and Andy Harries. 

Also on order from Amazon is half-hour effort The Legend of Master Legend. Based on a 2008 Rolling Stone article of the same name about real-life superheroes, the project will follow Master Legend and his sidekick. Joshuah Bearman, the journalist who wrote the original piece, is executive producing alongside pilot writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. 

Tropicana will use Cuban nightclub The Tropicana as the backdrop for a tale of the country before the revolution. The pilot was written and is being exec produced by Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz. Andrea Simon also is exec producing. 

Amazon has made a habit of releasing its pilots for audience viewing before making its series pickups. The streamer's next pilot slate will debut June 17 with The Last Tycoon, starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer, and The Interestings, adapted from the Meg Wolitzer best-seller.