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Amazon’s new video originals include 'The Power' and a FIFA scandal

The director of 'The Handmaid's Tale' will helm the adaptation of the sci-fi bestseller.
Saqib Shah, @eightiethmnt
February 14, 2019
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In a bid to counter Netflix's aggressive overseas expansion, Amazon has ordered a raft of international content for its Prime Video subscription service. Of the 20 shows on its 2019 slate, 17 are new originals, according to Variety. They include a British adaptation of author Naomi Alderman's feminist sci-fi novel The Power to be co-produced and directed by Reed Morano -- who helmed Hulu's Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale and recently inked an overall deal with Amazon.

Meanwhile Chile's Pablo Larraín, the Oscar-winning director of Jackie and A Fantastic Woman, will produce a true crime series based on the events behind the 2015 "FIFA Gate" corruption scandal. And Prime Video is also getting some lighter fare courtesy of a Japanese version of reality show The Bachelorette.

Like Netflix before it, Amazon is eyeing India's mobile-centric viewers, with six out of the 20 new and returning shows hailing from the region. Among them is supernatural thriller series The Last Hour, which counts Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) as an exec-producer. Another five shows come from Mexico, including an untitled sci-fi comedy-horror mash-up from the producers of Narcos.

Amazon is also making sure the creators of its Golden Globe and Emmy-winning show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stay put. As part of a new overall deal, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino will develop shows exclusively for Prime Video, reports Deadline.

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