Amazon's New Series Is Designed For The Ultimate Bob Dylan Fan
Grandfather of coolness, rock music, and American pop culture Bob Dylan is now coming to TV streaming—well, sort of. Lionsgate TV and Amazon are developing an hour-long drama series based off themes in his songs, similar to Julie Taymor’s Across The Universe. It’s titled Time Out of Mind, named after Dylan’s 1997 studio album. The project is spearheaded by producer Josh Wakely, who’s already impressively managed to lock down the rights to the (surely massively expensive) songs. Wakely has also landed a deal with Netflix for an animated kids show called Beat Bugs that’ll have plot lines inspired by tunes from The Beatles. Notice a theme here? The program will feature covers by Eddie Vedder, P!nk, and Sia. Even though it’s a children’s show, we’ll definitely be adding the show’s soundtrack to our playlists once it releases this upcoming summer.
As for Bob Dylan, this isn’t the first time he’s inspired a Hollywood project. In 2007, Carol director Todd Haynes released I’m Not There, a nontraditional biopic where Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, and Ben Whishaw all played different versions of Dylan. It focuses on the different sides of the musician, each played by one of the different aforementioned actors.
Time Out of Mind is still in a baby phase, so there isn’t too much out regarding the specifics of the show. But according to Variety, the initial plan is to focus on separate characters, and then have them eventually cross paths. Hopes are pretty high, especially considering that Lionsgate TV, among numerous other projects, also founded one of the best OG streaming-service shows, Orange is the New Black, and Amazon’s current offerings, including Catastrophe and Transparent, are pretty fantastic. The show may have some big shoes to fill, but we’re expecting good things.
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