At a time when the series offer is bubbling up, it’s more important than ever to secure a strong talent base behind the scenes. Hence, Netflix took the checkbook out for a walk to get the services of two small-screen giants like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes, but the Los Gatos platform is not the only one that is investing large amounts to attract the most coveted talent. Another one that is expanding its payroll of creatives is Amazon, who in recent years has teamed up with Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen or Neil Gaiman, and who has now recruited one of the most versatile stars in Hollywood: Donald Glover.
Donald Glover in ‘Atlanta’
The actor, screenwriter, director, producer and musician, who in recent years has distinguished himself as a television author thanks to ‘Atlanta’, has reached an agreement with the commerce giant. As The Hollywood Reporter anticipates, the pact would be around eight figures and not only guarantees the development and supervision of several projects exclusively for Prime Video, but it is also expected to include a thematic channel within the interface dedicated to Glover’s work and other select content.
With this move, Glover moves away from Disney, current owner of FX, although that does not imply that I will leave out ‘Atlanta’. At the moment, the third and fourth seasons of the dramedia are moving forward, with the start of filming ready to start in the coming weeks. From there on, the fate of the series would be in Glover’s hands, since its agreement with Amazon would not be at odds with the creation of new seasons. In addition, it should be noted that the brother of the protagonist of ‘Community’, Steve Glover, a key player in ‘Atlanta’, has also been linked to Amazon.
Donald Glover at the 2017 Emmy Awards
Two new series underway
If you look at recent events, this jump to Amazon is no surprise. Recently, the platform announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which is also set on Prime Video, and Glover are developing a new version of « Mr. and Mrs. Smith », which they themselves will star in. This project will therefore be one of the first fruits of the Glover agreement, but it is not the only one that is already underway.
Although you will not be involved in such a close way, Glover will also oversee ‘Hive’, as The Hollywood Reporter points out. For now, this series is in a more embryonic state, and would have Janine Nabers (‘Watchmen’) and Malia Obama, daughter of the former president of the United States, as screenwriters of a story that would follow a female lead similar to Beyoncé.
The ‘Atlanta’ team collects the Golden Globe for best comedy in 2017
A history of disappointments and successes
At the same time that Glover has created a fascinating universe in ‘Atlanta’, his popularity has grown thanks to his participation in titles such as « The Lion King » and « Han Solo: A Star Wars Story », both produced by Disney. However, before the premiere of those titles, which had mixed receptions, The creative had a serious disagreement with the Mickey Mouse company at the beginning of 2018. At that time, Glover and his brother were preparing an animated series of Deadpool for FXX, but Disney, through Marvel, was not satisfied with the direction taken and chose to cancel the project.
Donald Glover’s response was none other than publishing a sort of leaked script for the series in which he blatantly poked Disney. However, this clash did not prevent the artist and the company from crossing their paths again in the great productions mentioned above. What’s more, the possible participation of the actor in the Lando Calrissian series is still on the air which is in development for Disney +, although at the moment nothing has been confirmed about it. Meanwhile, Glover will invest his talent in Amazon, which He already demonstrated his devotion to creative liberation by supporting ‘Guava Island’, the film he made with Rihanna in 2019.