Amazon is ordering its starry F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Last Tycoon to series after a successful June pilot run, according to Deadline. The '30s period piece stars Matt Bomer as Monroe Stahl, a fictionalized version of the real-life precocious movie mogul Irving Thalberg. Kelsey Grammer plays his mentor and rival, Pat Brady; Rosemarie DeWitt plays Brady's wife. (It's not the first adaptation of Fitzgerald's final, unfinished novel — Elia Kazan and Harold Pinter headed up a movie version starring Robert De Niro in 1976.)
The full series doesn't have a premiere date yet, but it's joining shows like the feminist '60s drama Good Girls Revolt, the Bryan Cranston-produced Sneaky Pete, and Tig Notaro's One Mississippi on Amazon's crowded production slate. While Amazon has scooped a few shows — Woody Allen's as-yet-untitled comedy, auto show The Grand Tour — straight to series in recent months, it's still reliant on its public pilot process for much of its TV programming. It's a program that's yielded shows like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle, shows that have earned millions of viewers and award nods at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. With a bunch of dramas in development and a new batch of promising comedy pilots premiering in August, Amazon's response to Netflix's massive investment in original programming is continuing to take shape.