Last week, Amazon started streaming their new pilots and the highlight of this year’s crop is writer-director Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans. The show (which you can watch here) follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in the city of lights. If you’ve seen Stillman’s movies (Damsels in Distress, Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) you know the type of characters and situations he likes to write about, and I’m happy to say his trademark humor and wit is on full display in The Cosmopolitans. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you want Amazon to pick up the show. The dramedy stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree, and Adriano Giannini.
Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Whit Stillman in Los Angeles. He talked about how the project came together at Amazon, his plans for the series if it gets picked up, what it was like to shoot in Paris and the weird restrictions you have to follow, the casting process, why he likes to work with the same actors, the status of Barcelona on Blu-ray, his upcoming Jane Austen film with Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny currently titled Love and Friendship, and so much more. If you’re a fan of this great filmmaker, you’ll enjoy the interview.