‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Takes ‘Life Itself’ to Amazon


Dan Fogelman, creator of hit series “This Is Us,” is taking his newest film, “Life Itself” to Amazon, according to The Wrap.

The distribution deal is said to be $10 million.

Fogelman is the writer behind such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled,” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He also created several television series including “The Neighbors,” “Galavant,” and “Pitch.”

His series “This Is Us” is currently in its second season, although it has already been renewed for at least two more years. In Season 1, the show won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Lead Actor Sterling K. Brown and Guest Actor Gerald McRaney. It was also nominated for 8 additional awards including Outstanding Drama Series.

Now Fogelman takes his newest feature film to Amazon. The film follows the lives of people from New York to Spain, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Cooke, Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas, and Annette Bening.

Amazon Studios will distribute the film, although there is no release date set. Amazon has seen a lot of success since moving into the realm of theatrical distribution. Last year, their film “Manchester by the Sea” won two Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture. They also distributed “The Salesman,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year, their theatrical slate includes “The Big Sick,” “Wonderstruck,” and “Last Flag Flying.”

Their 2018 release schedule includes “You Were Never Really Here,” which won two awards at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, for star Joaquin Phoenix, and writer Lynne Ramsay.

Fogelman wrote and directed “Life Itself,” with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing on behalf of Temple Hill Entertainment. Bowen and Godfrey previously produced “Twilight” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” They are currently working on Damien Chazelle’s “First Man.”

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