An award-winning costume and production designer team (including ‘Mad Men’s’ Janie Bryant) delivers a visual feast to the streamer’s new series, starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer as a studio head and his boss. – Cathy Whitlock to Pret-a-Reporter
The closest template was always going to be a Downton Abbey,” says writer-director Billy Ray (whose screenplay credits include The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips) of the look of Amazon’s adaptation of The Last Tycoon, out July 28.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished roman a clef of Hollywood’s golden age during the Depression, the series deployed a dream team of Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus) and Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Both drew inspiration from Edward Steichen protege and MGM photographer George Hurrell, known for his black-and-white images of 1930s stars, to dress and give visual context to Matt Bomer’s Irving Thalberg-inspired studio head, Monroe Stahr, who goes head-to-head with boss Pat Brady, played by Kelsey Grammer, at a time where the Depression and Nazis were knocking on the door. “The story we are telling is not just [the gap between] the dream of Hollywood and the reality of Hollywood, but why the dream has such a powerful grasp on everybody in it — why all the characters are shaping this dream with such obsession and focus,” says Ray. Adds executive producer Chris Keyser: “I wanted to tell this story about the cost of the American dream as applied to Hollywood, the cost of lies that movies tell.” Marc Resteghini, senior development executive, drama, at Amazon Studios, concurs: “The Last Tycoon will immerse our customers in this fascinating era of cinematic history, with emotional and artistic struggles and themes that still resonate today.”
“The Last Tycoon,” a nine-episode series, is the latest good-looking attempt to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald for the screen. – By Brooks Barnes to NY Times
Meltdowns are not Matt Bomer’s style, not even remotely, but he would have been due one in mid-March.
It was late afternoon, and Mr. Bomer had been at work since 5 a.m. on the set of “The Last Tycoon,” the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about Old Hollywood. Mr. Bomer, as Monroe Stahr, a gifted young movie executive, had started the day with a difficult monologue about death and moved on to a hot-and-heavy love scene. A confrontational third scene, performed with Kelsey Grammer (as Stahr’s thunderhead boss, Pat Brady), had left Mr. Bomer emotionally raw.
Then I arrived to ask him jagged questions. For more than 90 years, Hollywood has been trying and failing to pull off the perfect Fitzgerald adaptation. Why couldn’t anyone seem to get it right? What would keep this “Last Tycoon,” arriving on Amazon Prime on Friday, July 28, from becoming another sad example?
“Making a great television show is hard enough,” Mr. Bomer said carefully. “To also tackle F. Scott — whoa. But when you have brilliant people guiding you, people like Billy, you trust their vision and go for it.”
We’re just at 10 days away from The Last Tycoon premiere – it will premiere next July 28 on Amazon – and Matt will be making his rounds on TV shows to promote it. So, check your DVD-Rs:
Live with Kelly and Ryan – July 24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – July 25
This post will be updated, if more appearances are confirmed.
Amazon’s nine-episode adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon will debut July 28 exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon said today. The company also released its first trailer for the original series starring Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.
The Last Tycoon follows Hollywood’s Golden Boy Monroe Stahr (Bomer) as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady (Grammer) for the soul of their studio. Says Amazon: “In a world darkened by the Great Depression and the growing international influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence, and towering ambition of 1930’s Hollywood.”
Via Deadline – With a well-known title and formidable lead cast, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon pilot has been a strong contender for a series pickup. Now the project, toplined by Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt, has been ordered to series by the streaming service, I have learned. It comes from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. I hear Amazon’s other drama pilot from the batch, The Interestings, is not going forward.
Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.