Amazon Studios continues the announcements with “The Expatriates.”
The series comes from Nicole Kidman‘s company, Blossom Films. “The Expatriates” is based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee, and will be scripted by Alice Bell.
Check out the synopsis for “The Expatriates”:
Set against the sensational backdrop of “The Vertical City” of Hong Kong, ‘The Expatriates’ is a drama series that explores the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community: where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary, and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly—then retold with glee. There’s Margaret, a world-renowned American architect struggling with the unwavering suspicion that something could be wrong with her latest project – an ambitious skyscraper already gracing the Hong Kong skyline – until an unexpected event upends her life; Mercy, a Korean-American college graduate with a questionable past seeking a new life, who quickly finds herself embroiled in an unforgivable scandal; Hilary, a British expat who yearns for a child despite her uncertain marriage, then dabbles in local customs and make-believe identities in a deliberate attempt to change her fate; Tammy, a high-flying alpha-expat who is blindsided when her husband’s Chinese second family appears on her doorstep; Barbara, whose decadent lifestyle belies a ticking clock; Franny, an Australian expat loyal to anyone she’s having lunch with, who faces an existential crisis; and Olivia, a Chinese local socialite who experiences a humiliating loss of status. This is a delicious world of unusual alliances, heartfelt truths and mystifying superstitions; a place where fortunes are made and lost, families sundered and brought together, identities made and then remade in pursuit of an extraordinary life.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said:
“After announcing our recent first look deal with Nicole and Blossom Films, we are thrilled to kick off this relationship by bringing this very popular novel from author Janice Y.K. Lee to Prime Video. The story weaves an addictive tapestry that follows a group of complex women and their lives as outsiders in Hong Kong. It’s a compelling exploration of the strength of these women as they persevere through struggles with marriage, career, parenting and unimaginable loss.”
Nicole Kidman added:
“I’m so thrilled about the Blossom-Amazon collaboration. ‘The Expatriates’ is just the beginning of our shared goal in making delicious stories with something meaningful to say about the world.”
Amazon also announced that Kidman will serve as executive producer along with Per Saari. They are joined by Theresa Park for POW! Productions, and Lee as Consulting Producer.