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Amazon is going biblical.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the streaming service’s studio is developing a drama titled Promised Land. The story is said to take viewers into the book of Joshua in a sweeping biblical tale told through the eyes of two brothers, one high born and the other a low level soldier.
In the wake of Moses’s death the tribes of Israel find themselves in disarray struggling to find a new leader, new land and eventually a new way of life. Promised Land will look at how Joshua became the leader of the Jews and the Israelites became a nation. Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner, Allegiant) and Chris Bremner are attached to write and executive produce, with former Ryan Seacrest Productions CEO Adam Sher joining the pair as an executive producer.
If ultimately ordered to pilot, Promiseland would join Amazon’s latest batch of projects, Paris-set The Cosmopolitans from Whit Stillman, starring Chloe Sevigny and Adam Brody, a workplace comedy Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh and thriller Hysteria, starring Mena Suvari. In a recently interview with THR, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price acknowledged that the studio was going to beef up its development slate, noting that they would “spend some money” in the third quarter.
Before becoming a screenwriter, Oppenheim served as the head of unscripted and digital development at Reveille, the former Ben Silverman-led production company behind The Office and The Biggest Loser. On the digital side, Oppenheim co-created Who Knew?, Yahoo’s most successful original video program to date, and MSN’s It’s Everybody’s Business with Jack and Suzy Welch, which CNBC migrated to television. Prior to that, Oppenheim did an eight-year stint at NBC News, which included reporting from Iraq, Gaza and the West Bank as well as a turn as a senior producer at Today. For his part, Bremner got his start developing film projects for screenwriter Jeremy Garelick, whose credits include The Break-Up and the forthcoming Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer.
The news comes nearly 10 months after THR first reported that Sher would be parting ways with Seacrest, a former client when Sher was a top agent at William Morris over 16 years. During their tenure together at RSP, Sher was responsible for overseeing the company’s TV and film projects (Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, ABC’s Mixology) as well as Seacrest’s multi-million dollar deals (American Idol, Clear Channel).
Oppenheim is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham; Bremner is repped by UTA, The Schiff Company and Bloom Hergott.
Aug. 14, 8 p.m. Updated with correct title.
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