Last month, Amazon Studios quietly dropped the pilot episode for “Sea Oak”, a genre-bending zombedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo).
Emmy-winner Glenn Close (The Girl With All the Gifts) stars as Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids) who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.
The pilot started off slow, but took a dark turn when Aunt Bernie comes back from the dead. Unfortunately, the big reveal doesn’t come until the closing minutes, could be one of the reasons Amazon decided to pass on taking it to series.
The pilot was directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner.
The decision to pass on the three comedy pilots comes as Amazon Studios is in the midst of a major executive overhaul, explained Deadline. Over the past year or so, Amazon Studios had been shifting away from pilots toward straight-to-series orders.