10:38am PT by Tatiana Siegel
'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway Reteaming With Amazon for Musical Comedy (Exclusive)
Amazon is delving deeper into the Jill Soloway business, this time for an untitled musical comedy that could mark its first foray in the genre.
Ethan Kuperberg, a writer on Soloway's hit Amazon series Transparent, came up with the original idea and is penning the script. Soloway will executive produce via her overall deal with Amazon Studios.
The plotline would follow a woman's search for love and self-discovery in Los Angeles.
Soloway is the creator and executive producer of Transparent, the Amazon comedy series that first put the streaming giant on the map for original programming. She also won an Emmy for directing the episode "Best New Girl." She also has another Amazon comedy in the works, I Love Dick, starring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. On the film side, Soloway and Amazon Studios are developing Ten Aker Wood about a woman who leaves her troubled marriage behind to start a new life in Northern California working on a marijuana farm.
The untitled musical comedy also would mark Soloway's debut in the genre, though music plays a big role in the storytelling in Transparent.
Kuperberg, by contrast, has worked in the musical space before, directing the 17-minute college recruiting video “That’s Why I Chose Yale,” which went viral online. The Yale graduate is known as a smart and edgy comedic writer whose voice dovetails with Amazon's sensibility. He also has become a regular in the pages of The New Yorker magazine, penning Shouts & Murmurs pieces like "Bernie Sanders Greets Trick-or-Treaters" and "Climate-Change Christmas Carols."
Transparent's Andrea Sperling also is on board the untitled musical as executive producer.
Soloway and Kuperberg are repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.
Kuperberg is additionally handed by Grandview.