Not to be outdone by Netflix and Hulu, Amazon’s streaming service is also making news with original programming of its own and it has found its most successful show yet with the series The Man in the High Castle.
The show is based on the 1962 novel of the same title by Philip K. Dick imagining a post-World War II America after an Axis victory over the Allies.
In the series The United States has been partitioned into three parts: The Japanese puppet state of the Pacific States of America, which comprises the former United States west of the Rocky Mountains; a Nazi puppet state that comprises the eastern half of the former United States; and a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States.
The series was created by Frank Spotnitz and is executive produced by none other than Ridley Scott best known for classics like Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and more recently The Martian, alongside David Zucker and Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett.
The pilot and the second episode were first screened at a special Comic-Con event. The season premiered on November 20, 2015, after a long eight years of road blocks in its path to becoming a TV series, which included being bought then passed over by the BBC and the Syfy channel before landing at Amazon Studios.
The reason behind the delay in the show’s production certainly has to do with the shocking premise of a world in which the Nazis rule the world, this concept certainly made some controversy before the show premiere when Amazon marketing wrapped Subway cars in Nazi-like ads for the series and had to remove them amid complaints from the public.
But since no publicity is bad publicity the show’s pilot has been streamed more times than any other pilot in Amazon history and it only needed a month to become Amazon’s most-streamed original show, overtaking shows like the detective-centric Bosch and Jill Soloway’s dramedy Transparent.
“We’re very proud of this outstanding series created by Frank Spotnitz, Scott Free and Isa Dick Hackett, which Amazon customers around the world have enthusiastically embraced, and we look forward to the second season,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios.
The show stars Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain, a young woman from San Francisco who is outwardly happy living under Japanese control, Luke Kleintank as Joe Blake, a new recruit to the underground American resistance who is actually an agent working for the SS and Rufus Sewell as John Smith, an SS Obergruppenführer investigating the Resistance in New York.
Other cast members include Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, Juliana’s boyfriend, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Nobusuke Tagomi, the Trade Minister of the Pacific States of America, Joel de la Fuente as Chief Inspector Kido and DJ Qualls as Ed McCarthy, Frank’s co-worker.
With the success of the show it has already been renewed for a second season, expected to be available around the end of the year in 2016.
Season one is currently available to Amazon Prime members in HD and UHD 4K in the US, Britain, Germany and Austria. — AFP Relaxnews