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Amazon.com ties up with Steven Soderbergh for pilot show

MUMBAI: Online retail major Amazon.com has announced that Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green’s Comedy ‘Red Oaks’ is coming to its third pilot season.

Written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi , ‘Red Oaks’ stars Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser , Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey and Oliver Cooper. Roberts plays David, an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985.

‘Red Oaks’ is the final show to join Amazon’s third pilot season which includes ‘The Cosmopolitans’, ‘Hand of God’, ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Really’.

Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video.

Amazon Studios director Roy Price said, “To be able to collaborate with Steven, David and Greg, three of the most highly-regarded creators in Hollywood, is an absolute pleasure. ‘Red Oaks’ brings together not only top-notch talent, but also a hilarious and wonderfully written script that we think our customers will enjoy seeing come to life later this year.”

Soderbergh said, “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of ‘Behind the Candelabra’ and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately.

“Then, while we were on the set of ‘The Knick’, he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, ‘This is ready to go, let’s find a director.’ We very quickly agreed to approach David because the humour was sharp without being mean, and we felt he would understand and appreciate that.”

‘Red Oaks’ is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colourful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named Skye (played by guest star Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father Getty (played by Reiser).

A coming-of-age comedy set in the ‘go-go’ ’80s, ‘Red Oaks’ is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end and the future begins.