The banker’s wife is the latest series to fall victim to the pandemic.
Amazon scrapped the series of CountryMeredith Stiehm and Lesli Linka Glatter, with sources pointing to the international reach of the drama have made it a tough series to produce even as the world begins to open up again amid the ongoing pandemic.
Banner and retail giant secured the rights The banker’s wife, based on the novel by Cristina Alger in July 2019 following a bidding war with multiple outlets. Stiehm wrote all eight scripts, with Glatter on the verge of directing the entire first season.
Rosamund Pike had been attached to the series in its early days, but is now set to star in another Amazon series, The Fantasy Wheel of time. Sources say Amazon picked the series, with offers to several A-List stars before the pandemic derailed film and television productions across the world.
Published in 2018, The banker’s wife focuses on two women running for answers when a mysterious plane crash puts them in a parallel pursuit of the truth. This takes them into the world of global finance and, as they shine a light on offshore accounts believed to be hidden, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a conspiracy involving money laundering, powerful politicians and a network of terrorists and criminals.
Sherry Marsh of Marsh Entertainment (Pose), who had the rights to the Algiers book, brought the project to Federation Entertainment due to the international reach of the story.
The banker’s wife becomes the latest series to be dropped due to pandemic issues. Amazon also scrapped Cortes, HBO dropped Americanah, Showtime bailed out The president is absent, and a number of other scripted shows – Becoming a God in Central Florida, GLOW, The Society, I don’t agree with that and I am sorry – saw their renewals reversed.
In addition to rising costs and increased safe filming time during the pandemic, the schedules of actors, directors, writers, and locations have proven to be hurdles for networks and streamers. Everyone from broadcast to streamers are also paying more attention to the price of scripted originals, as many have become more budget conscious after a tough economic year.