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‘The Banker’s Wife’ TV Series Scrapped By Amazon Due To Covid Circumstances – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios will not sue The banker’s wife. The project, based on the best-selling novel by Cristina Alger which had received a direct order for eight serial episodes in the summer of 2019.

Sources say the decision stems from production delays and budget challenges related to Covid. It is the latest cable / streaming series to be reversed in pickup following the pandemic that shut down Hollywood production for about six months last year. Among the most affected series are series whose nature makes them virtually impossible – and expensive – to produce under Covid protocols.

The globetrotter The banker’s wife fits into this category as a high-stakes international thriller set in the world of global finance, from Geneva to Paris, London and New York. In March 2020, when all filming stopped at the start of the pandemic, The banker’s wife was in the final stages of pre-production, preparing for the start of a complex shoot in five European countries.

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The series, from Federation Entertainment and producer Sherry Marsh, tells the story of two women who search for answers when a mysterious plane crash sets them off on a parallel search for the truth.

The banker’s wife had strong support at Amazon Studios, and I hear the streamer took a wait-and-see approach and renewed the book option with the intention of going into production when conditions improved. But I hear with the Covid situation in Europe still volatile amid a new wave of infections and lockdowns this spring, Amazon Brass took a look, analyzed the numbers and finally made the decision. to delete the series.

Meredith Stiehm wrote all eight episodes, with Lesli Linka Glatter set to direct all eight.

This is a passionate project for Marsh, who first partnered with the Marseille Producers Federation to acquire the rights to The banker’s wife in July 2018. The Pose and Vikings The executive producer and the American / French Federation are expected to continue their efforts to bring the book to the screen.

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