Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has found his next TV project. Deadline reports that the writer-producer has inked a $70 million deal with Amazon and The Weinstein Company to create a new series for streaming audiences. The deal calls for an eight-episode straight-to-series order, and Weiner is expected to direct about half the episodes in the first season.
Weiner’s new series will be set in the present day
Not much is known about the currently untitled project, but sources tell Deadline that Weiner plans on setting his story in the present day in multiple locations around the world. That sounds ambitious, but Weiner is a big get for Amazon, having earned several Emmy nominations and wins for his work on both Mad Men and HBO’s The Sopranos.
Of course, Amazon is getting all the more ambitious with its original series offerings. With Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle winning awards, Amazon has also greenlit daring projects like The Tick and I Love Dick, two series that are bound to get attention when they premiere. Whatever Matthew Weiner has planned, it definitely has our attention.