Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland live uneasily alongside humans in Carnival Row, the new "neo-Victorian noir" fantasy series from Amazon Prime, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne and directed by Jon Amiel. Amazon must be excited about the series, because it has already ordered a second season. The studio just dropped the latest trailer, and visually, at least, it's gorgeous and chock-full of sumptuous detail at a level rarely seen on streaming television.
Carnival Row is based on a feature film script by Travis Beacham when he was still in film school, some 17 years ago, and it made the infamous Hollywood Black List in 2005. Legendary Entertainment bought the script in 2015 and reimagined it as a series for Amazon Prime. Oscar-winning Director Guillermo del Toro was originally tapped to direct the series—the neo-Victorian setting and fantastical creatures would have been very well-suited to his idiosyncratic style. But del Toro left the project before production officially began to focus on his feature-film commitments. He was replaced by Paul McGuigan, who was in turn replaced by Amiel.
Judging from Beacham's comments at San Diego Comic-Con last month, the budget for the series is significant. Some of that budget no doubt went toward the numerous reshoots—often a sign of trouble for a project—although Bloom called the reshoots "a gift" during the Comic-Con panel. Beacham agreed, per Deadline Hollywood: