Collider: Whit Stillman ready to move forward with ‘The Cosmopolitans’

Collider.com has a great interview with Whit Stillman in which he discusses not only his new film, the period drama Love & Friendship with Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny, but also his Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans, starring Chloë and Adam Brody.

It’s been a good while since we last had any news on The Cosmopolitans, which debuted on Amazon.com already in 2014. However, speaking to Collider at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Stillman says the pilot is still on the table at Amazon and that he is now ready to work on the show, albeit in something of a reworked form.

From Collider.com:

What’s up with The Cosmopolitans?

STILLMAN: I explained to Amazon that I don’t like outlining or projecting what something’s going to be. I like to allow a story to arise as I’m writing scripts. I find it horrible when I try to think of something for the plot without really being on the ground and seeing where it goes. I was really resistant to do the mini-bible. So I gave them something, but I really didn’t want to do it that way. They also knew about the film, so they commissioned six scripts for the first season that they were going to let me postpone until I finished this film, which is now. So in ten days, we’ll be full on with that. It’s been really good because I think I was waiting for the idea I really want, and I think I have that now. It’s not exactly Paris, it’s a European idea. So it will be Chloe and Adam Brody. We’ll keep the pilot, that’s part of the story, but we’ll be going a different place with it.

I have to ask. How much with what’s going on in Europe right now, how much does that play into what you’re thinking about? If I remember correctly, there was some talk in the pilot of issues.

STILLMAN: There really isn’t that much. The dilemma would be: do we insert things in the pilot? I prefer thinking of the pilot as its own Saturday afternoon/Saturday evening piece. I think it’s a little irrational to think that these are people not doing anything because we’re showing them Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

There are a shitload of people in Paris doing exactly what you’re portraying in that show.

STILLMAN: Yeah, seven days, 24/7. But in this case, it was Saturday. So give me a break if they’re not in their offices.

That never entered into my thought process?

STILLMAN: That’s because you’re a rational person with a sense humor. [laughs]

[…] Are there other feature ideas that have been percolating with you, or is it, “I’m totally devoting to The Cosmopolitans?

STILLMAN: I definitely have other projects I want to do. I’m totally devoted to The Cosmopolitans but it’s in their hands, they have to decide if they want to do it or not. We have to assemble all the people. But I do have my projects so I’ve got plenty of stuff to do.

Please bear in mind that, as Stillman says, everything is still in Amazon’s hands, i.e. the series may still ultimately not materialize. That Stillman only mentions Chloë and Adam Brody by name could also suggest that casting changes are to be expected.

At the same time, the positive response Stillman got for Love & Friendship at Sundance this year could be incentive for Amazon to pick up the show. Keep your fingers crossed.

In any case, “Gold Coat Girl” still has hope! :)

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