The Creators of Westworld Head to Amazon With New Scifi Series The Peripheral

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Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan can’t get enough of killer games and multiple timelines. The pair will create a show for Amazon called The Peripheral, based on acclaimed author William Gibson’s popular cyberpunk murder-mystery novel that doesn’t stick to just one reality. And it has evil ’bots, too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios has picked up Joy and Nolan’s adaptation of The Peripheral as a script-to-series order. It tells the story of a woman named Flynee Fisher who lives in a dystopian future with major class divides. She stumbles onto a murder during a video game beta test—only the game may be real life, and not taking place in her own timeline.

The Peripheral joins a slough of high-profile shows that Amazon Studios has picked up in an effort to compete with larger networks like HBO and Netflix. These include a Lord of the Rings TV series, along with possibly a Dark Tower show and—if the rumors hold up—a three-season series based on the Hugo-winning Chinese novel The Three-Body Problem. It’s definitely a departure from Amazon’s previous M.O., where it would release pilots for a bunch of shows and let the audience help determine which ones would get picked up to series—a practice Amazon is reportedly looking to end.


Westworld returns Sunday, April 22, with its second season. No word on if and when The Peripheral will debut on Amazon.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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I hope that the show captures Gibson’s oblique approach to world-building. He lets the background details have suggestive depth without belaboring their novelty and cleverness. West World was a smart show, but it had a bad habit of over-selling its best moments with showy editing, mickey mousing, and a heavy air of portent. If they can deliver the same production values and detailed performances with a lighter touch then whoo boy.