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Amazon has parted ways with Paul McGuigan, the director of its upcoming fantasy series Carnival Row.
The streaming service has tapped English filmmaker Jon Amiel to replace McGuigan (Luke Cage), who was originally set to helm and executive produce the drama starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. While Amiel is best known for writing and directing the 2009 Charles Darwin biopic Creation, his television credits include The Tudors, Halt and Catch Fire, Hemlock Grove, Marco Polo, Outsiders and Wisdom of the Crowd.
Carnival Row, which began production last month and is set for a 2019 release, is an eight-episode Neo-Victorian noir from Legendary Television. The project, first announced in May, will be written and executive produced by Star Trek‘s Rene Echevarria. Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) penned the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on The Black List in 2005. Beacham will also executive produce the project, with Bloom serving as a producer.
Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions simmer between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows an investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne), a faerish refugee who flees her homeland to come to the Burgue.
Amazon, for its part, has been plagued with creative challenges under its recently ousted entertainment chief Roy Price, who was accused of sexual harassment. In an earlier Wall Street Journal article, Goliath co-creator David E. Kelley called the entertainment division at the company “a bit of a gong show.” Dexter alum Clyde Phillips, who took over as showrunner on the drama’s second season following Kelley’s departure, has also since exited the series.
Amiel is repped by Verve, Echo Lake Entertainment and Gochman Law Group.
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