Amazon greenlights two pilots

Amazon Studios has greenlit two new pilots – half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, directed and produced by Whit Stillman, and one-hour drama Hand Of God, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z). 

Amazon’s third pilot season will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will be asked to provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then be available on Prime Instant Video.

The Cosmopolitans, which starts shooting this week in Paris, follows a group of young American expats in Paris searching for love and friendship. The cast includes Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway and Freddy Asblom.

Marking Forster’s TV debut and written by Ben Watkins, Hand Of God revolves around a hard-living, law-bending judge who goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart.

Ron Perlman (pictured) heads the cast in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy. Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt and Andre Royo also star. Forster, Watkins and Perlman are also executive producing along with Brian Wilkins and Jeff King. The one-hour drama starts shooting this week in the Los Angeles.

The Cosmopolitans and Hand Of God both contain rich stories and deep characters that we think customers will really enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing our customers’ reactions when they debut,” said Amazon Studios director Roy Price.

Launched in 2010, Amazon Studios aims to develop films and series with script pitches and feedback from audiences around the world.

Last week, Amazon launched its Fire TV set-top box for streaming video and games, entering a highly-competitive market currently dominated by Apple, Roku and Google Chromecast.