Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan join Amazon’s Troupe Zero
Oscar winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya, Mom) and actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick, Super Troopers 2) are joining Amazon Studios‘ family dramedy Troupe Zero.
The two will be starring alongside the previously-announced Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away with Murder) and Mckenna Grace (I, Tonya, Designated Survivor). Troupe Zero was written by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and directed by Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp), with Todd Black (Fences) producing. Plot details on the project are currently unknown.
Janney earned several awards for her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona Golden in the critically-acclaimed movie I, Tonya. She can currently be
Alexander Payne to direct The Burial for Amazon Studios
Deadline is reporting that three-time Academy Award-nominated director (and two-time Best Screenplay winner) Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska) is in early talks to helm Amazon Studios‘ The Burial. He is coming off the recent critical and box office flop Downsizing.
Based on the exploits of real-life Mississippi personal-injury lawyer Willie Gary, the screenplay for The Burial is by Doug Wright (Quills) and follows a case where Gary (the son of black migrant workers, who in his career became known as “The Giant Killer”) won a $200 million judgment for a small funeral home owner against a funeral parlor conglomerate in 1995.
This David vs. Goliath-style story will be produced by Jenette Kahn and Adam Richma
Amazon Studios signs first-look deal with Kenneth Lonergan
Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan. The two-year deal for directing and writing will cover both film and television projects.
Lonergan and Amazon Studios worked together previously on the critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, which won Lonergan an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a nomination for Best Director. The film’s star Casey Affleck also won an Academy Award for his performance in addition to a Golden Globe. Manchester by the Sea is available now for streaming and download on Prime Video.
“I’m thrilled to renew my connection to Amazon Studios. They’ve done amazing work wherever they’ve turned their attention, they did a perfect j