Bedos, Klapisch, Gastambide…: the new features of Amazon Prime Video for 2022 and 2023

Sophisticated decor, a giant screen, an exceptional setting in a Parisian palace, guest “talents”, a presentation in TV studio mode… but without leaving any room for questions from the journalists present. It’s a very staged, “American-style” show that Amazon Prime Video – which will now host the Salto platform in a bouquet of pay channels – organized this Tuesday to present upcoming French productions. on the streaming platform. Here is what has been announced by the teams for the coming months.

Fifteen series in development

On the series side, which are “about fifteen currently in development”, according to Thomas Dubois, director of original programs for the platform, the menu is rich and varied. We expect a lot of“Alphonse”series in six episodes directed by Nicolas Bedos, with Jean Dujardin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pierre Arditi and Nicole Garcia where “women will be the great heroines”, according to the teams of Amazon, who will not say more about the scenario.

Highly anticipated also next year, ” Greek salad “, by Cédric Klapisch, where we will find the characters (and actors) of the trilogy “The Spanish Inn” / “Russian Dolls” / “Chinese Puzzle” for the rest of their adventures.

Comedian Melha Bedia co-wrote the series “Poor Thing”which will be online before the end of the year. Co-director with Anthony Marciano (“Play”, “Forte”), she also stars in it, alongside Hakim Jemili, Victor Belmondo, Shirine Boutella, Alka Balbir and Xavier Lacaille.

In a funfair atmosphere of the 90s, we can’t wait to discover the promising “Killer Coaster”of the tandem Nikola Lange and Thomas Mansuy (“Derby girl”). In the middle of the 98 World Cup, a corpse is discovered in a funfair in Palavas-les-Flots. Sandrine, a police auxiliary who spends her days slipping tickets on windshields and dreams of being a secret agent, decides to investigate. The shooting of this project, between comedy and thriller, should start in September, for a broadcast in 2023.

Rapper Booba is the producer and co-author of a series, “Ourika”, written with Clément Godart, having for framework the riots in the Parisian suburbs of 2005. In an atmosphere “between Gomorra, London gangsand Infiltrators “, according to Prime Video, we will follow the evolution of two characters, Driss, a drug dealer and William, a policeman. Seven 52-minute episodes are scheduled for broadcast in 2023.

A five-part documentary series on Paul Pogba, entitled “ The Pogmentary »intimate portrait of the Manchester United player, will also be put online “very soon”.

On the heavy side of the movies

As with series, Amazon France is raising the bar with more investment in the production of original French films. The first beneficiary of this reinforcement, Franck Gastambide, who came in person to announce his new film produced by the platform: “Medellin”story of a French youtubeur kidnapped by Colombian drug traffickers and who will see his brother come to his rescue accompanied by strong arms. Entirely shot in the Colombian city, from which Gastambide returns after two weeks of preparation and where he leaves again in a few days for filming, this “action comedy” constitutes “the biggest budget allocated by Amazon to a French film to date”. , said Thomas Dubois, director of the French creations of the platform.

Another star who came in person to announce his presence in a film, comedian Ahmed Sylla, already hero of the reality show “Lol” on Amazon. He will be the headliner of “Classic”story of an employee of Olympique de Marseille who will go to defend the honor of orphans he takes care of by investigating in Paris, in the middle of the PSG ultras, on the theft of the European Cup of Champions stung in the Marseille city. The film, which plays on the rivalry between the two cities, will be released before the end of the year.

Maïmouna Doucouré, the director of the remarkable “Mignonnes”, also made the trip to launch her new film, “Yes”also planned before the end of the year. This scenario, which tells the story of a young albino girl, her grandmother and a star, has the particularity of counting in its main cast three novice actresses: the singer Yseult, the Malian star of the song Oumou Sangaré, and the young Sania Halifa, “recruited during a wild casting”, specified the scenario writer.

Finally, Olivier Marchal, who we already knew was preparing his new action film, “Overdose”for Amazon, sent some images from the feature film with Sofia Essaïdi: many spectacular scenes of shootings and close combat for this story of a head of the narcotics squad investigating two related cases.

Two great sports documentaries

Amazon, now a broadcaster of major sporting events such as Ligue 1 matches and those of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, has also made announcements in these areas, in particular the systematic broadcasting of one Ligue 1 match per month for all Prime subscribers, even those who have not subscribed to the “Pass Ligue 1”.

Above all, the platform announced the acquisition of two major documentaries: one devoted to Yannick Noah, the other to Guy Roux, former historic coach of Auxerre and colorful character.

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