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Amazon announced a then-untitled series from Joe and Anthony Russo in 2018. By 2019 they revealed it was a spy show with international spinoffs in the local language. Now called Citadel, Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, announced two stars of the series.Richard Madden and Priynaka Chopra star on Citadel
So far, the stars of Citadel have been Joe and Anthony Russo. This is an ambitious project with which they’re using their Marvel clout to try something new in television. Of course, there will be stars in front of the camera and Salke announced the two leads of Citadel.
“We’re excited to share news this morning that stars Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra have come aboard as the leads of this groundbreaking new show,” Salke said.
Madden is no stranger to sprawling epics, having starred on Game of Thrones. Amazon hasn’t actually confirmed whether Citadel is modern day or not. Since they are using actual locations, we can confirm it is set in the real world, not Westeros. Chopra got some espionage experience by working on ABC’s Quantico.They’re gearing up to shoot Citadel
After talking about Citadel or “the Untitled Russos Project” for so long, they’re finally ready to shoot. After all, the Russos have been a bit busy directing Marvel movies, a job that just ended seven months ago.
“Production will be underway this summer,” Salke said. Still no word on when we’ll see it, but filming this year probably means sometime in 2021.Amazon adds Mexico to Citadel international spinoffs
Amazon previously announced international spinoffs set in in Italy and India. Now they’ve added a Mexican iteration. So that’s four shows in development at the launch of Citadel.
“It will also include several creatively aligned but standalone local originally productions that can enhance the experience of engaging the show, Italy, India and Mexico included just to get started,” Salke said. “These shows are already underway being executed by some of the top talented creators from each of these territories, many who have been running some of our successful overseas series.”
Amazon hasn’t offered many more details about the Citadel spinoffs, but it doesn’t sound like Chopra and Madden would star in all of them. They’re talking about local productions which would also entail local stars. Perhaps the American Citadel would cross over, though.
“The idea is to create a truly global action-packed spy series,” Salke said. “It’s a totally innovative multi-faceted international approach to storytelling. I know I talked about this two TCAs ago but to finally have news on it is exciting for us.”...
Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO production of Mohsin Hamid’s bestseller Exit West is coming together, Deadline has confirmed. The project, which now has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s Riz Ahmed attached to star and executive produce, and Yann Demange directing, is also seeing Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground Productions and Netflix coming aboard.
A production start of this spring is being eyed.
Deadline broke the news when the Russos snapped up the rights to Exit West back in August 2017. At the time The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was set to direct. The novel was a 2017 Man Booker Prize long list selection, and it’s not a shocker to see Higher Ground attached here as Barack Obama included Exit West on his list of top books for that year.
AGBO's Mike Larocca is producing with Higher Ground's Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan. Exit West was originally developed with scribe Jessica Goldberg, but a new writer is expected to tackle the project.
Hamid wrote The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Exit West addresses similar themes, as it centers around the global refugee crisis. In an unidentified country, young Saeed and burqa-wearing Nadia flee their home after Saeed's mother is killed by a stray bullet and their city turns increasingly dangerous due to worsening violent clashes between the government and guerrillas. The couple joins other migrants traveling to safer havens via carefully guarded doors. Through one door, they wind up in a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos. Through another, they secure a private room in an abandoned London mansion populated mostly by displaced Nigerians. A third door takes them to California's Marin County. In each location, their relationship is by turns strengthened and tested by their struggle to find food, adequate shelter and a sense of belonging among emigrant communities.
The allegorical tale shows the contrast between the migrants' tenuous daily reality and that of the privileged second- or third-generation native population who'd prefer that their new alien neighbors simply disappear.
The Russos directed the highest grossing movie of all-time - Avengers: Endgame - last year which amassed $2.98 billion at the global box office. They recently finished the Tom Holland indie movie Cherry and will debut the Chris Hemsworth action drama Extraction on Netflix on April 24.
Higher Ground recently won best feature doc at the Oscars for American Factory, also made with Participant Media. Demange’s feature credits include fall 2019’s White Boy Rick about 1980s undercover teenage FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr.
On the November 28, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson introduces an interview from Jack Giroux, /Film’s interviewer-at-large, with Anthony and Joe Russo, the producers of the Chadwick Boseman action thriller 21 Bridges.
In Our Feature Presentation:‘21 Bridges’ Producers the Russo Brothers Want to Keep Challenging Themselves in a Post-Avengers: Endgame World [Interview] The Russo Brothers Want to Release Their Directorial Debut ‘Pieces’ One Day Why ‘Happy Endings’ Continues to Endure, According to the Russo Brothers
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