Amazon Studios, in their continuing effort to push for high-profile original series, is reportedly set to finalize a pilot order for drama led by director Marc Forster and actor Ron Perlman, according to Deadline.
The hour-long so-called edgy drama is ‘Hand of God,’ and Perlman will undertake the lead role of Judge Harris Pernell. The character is powerful, a bit ruthless, and unfaithful to his wife, and sounds like the judicial branch equivalent to Frank Underwood, the oily lead of rival Netflix’s award-winning original series, ‘House of Cards.’
Where the similarities diverge, however, is when Pernell has a religious awakening, hearing the voice of God and having some powerful visions, apparently in conjunction with his infirmed, ventilator-bound son; so hence the title.
Forster, the German director who recently helmed the Brad-Pitt zombie thriller ‘World War Z,’ as well as the more questionable of the three Daniel Craig Bond movies ‘Quantum of Solace,’ will direct the pilot. Incidentally, while ‘WWZ’ wasn’t especially received well in the U.S., it found great success internationally. This will be his first time directing for TV.
Perlman of course is coming off a noteworthy run on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ across six seasons. The news of his new role was kept under wraps for months as he was still actively participating in the FX drama.
‘Hand of God’ will be written by Ben Watkins, executive producer of ‘Burn Notice,’ and is tentatively slated to begin filming in March.