Prime Video is hoping the partnership between Quay Street Productions and Harlan Coben will give it the same success as Netflix.
Its streaming competitor has already ordered a pair of Coben adaptations from the ITV Studios-owned Quay Street Productions, following the success of Fool Me Once.
Now Prime has confirmed Lazarus, a limited series from the Manchester production team, written by Coben and Danny Brocklehurst. It will star Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Alexandra Roach.
“We were instantly drawn to Lazarus, from the brilliant minds of Harlan and Danny, fitting perfectly into our Pan-English strategy. I am confident that our global Prime Video customers will embrace it too,” said Rola Bauer, Head of Pan-English Scripted SVOD TV, Amazon MGM Studios.
“Combining Director Wayne Yip’s vision with Sam, Bill, and Alexandra’s amazing talent, along with Nicola, Richard, and Quay Street as our award-winning production team, is a dream scenario.”
The psychological mystery thriller will be produced by Quay Street Productions and Amazon MGM Studios, in association with Final Twist Productions
“Harlan and Danny have created another wonderfully compelling story but this time with an eerie twist,” said Richard Fee and Nicola Shindler, executive producers for Quay Street Productions.
“Lazarus has all the ingredients of a propulsive mystery thriller with an extra dose of atmosphere and psychological horror that makes it particularly gripping.”
It follows a man who returns home after his father’s suicide and begins to have disturbing experiences that can’t be explained. He quickly becomes entangled in a series of cold-case murders as he grapples with the mystery of his father’s death and his sister’s murder 25 years ago.
The series is set to stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Sam Claflin (Daisy Jones & The Six), who is also Executive Producer, has been cast as Laz, a well-respected forensic psychologist who has spent his whole life running from the pain of his past.
Bill Nighy (Living) has been cast as Doctor Lazarus (Dr L). Psychologist and father to Laz, Jenna and Sutton. Alexandra Roach (Killing Eve) will play Jenna Lazarus.
“Do I have to say more than the names Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, and Alexandra Roach to express my excitement about this limited series? Lazarus is a story of loss, redemption — and the eternal bond between a parent and a child, even after death,” said Harlan Coben, writer and executive producer.
“It is never anything less than a thrill to team up again with Danny Brocklehurst and Quay Street Productions.”
“Lazarus is a psychological thriller with an emotional spine. It’s about fathers and sons, love and loss. We have attempted to bring our trademark wit and warmth as well as twists galore.
“This is the first collaboration the team at Quay Street, Harlan and myself have done with Amazon and we are delighted to be partnering with them.”
Coben and Brocklehurst will be writers and Executive Producers, alongside Nicola Shindler (Nolly, It’s A Sin) and Richard Fee (Fool Me Once, The Stranger) for Quay Street Productions, part of ITV Studios.
Wayne Che Yip (Rings of Power, Utopia) will be directing episodes one and two and will also serve as executive producer. Matt Strevens (Doctor Who, Capital) will produce.
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