‘Mozart in the Jungle’ series gets the green light from Amazon


“Mozart in the Jungle” -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week.

The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to “Mozart,” Amazon Studios has picked up “The After,” from “X-Files” veteran Chris Carter; “Transparent,” a domestic comedy; and “Bosch,” based on the novels by Michael Connelly.

“Mozart,” which is inspired by the 2005 tell-all memoir of oboist Blair Tindall, follows the sexual and drug-fueled adventures of members of the fictional New York Symphony. Bernal plays Rodrigo, a young Latin conductor who is all the rage in the world of classical music.


In the pilot episode, Rodrigo was named the orchestra’s new music director, much to the consternation of its outgoing conductor (Malcolm McDowell).

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The nominal protagonist of the series is Hailey (Lola Kirke) a young oboist who is struggling to make ends meet. When we first see her, she is giving lessons to a bored, over-privileged Upper East Side kid who is sending dirty text messages instead of listening to his teacher.

The cast also includes Bernadette Peters as the orchestra’s urbane chairwoman and Saffron Burrows as a randy cellist.

Amazon debuted pilot episodes to several potential series earlier this year and “Mozart” was one of four that was picked up for a full series order. Amazon didn’t say when the new series would debut.

The pilot episode of “Mozart” -- you can watch the full episode or a brief clip -- was written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, and was directed by Paul Weitz.


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