Here are some excellent new articles on Whit Stillman’s Amazon show The Cosmopolitans.
The Cosmopolitans hits on familiar themes that should charm Stillman fans. There’s even a callback to the Sambola, which Greta Gerwig’s Violet was so determined to make an international dance craze in Damsels in Distress.
Yet, the real gem is Carrie MacLemore as she dissects everything she sees with a precise, inscrutable nature mixed with naivety. It’s always fascinating to just watch what her face is doing. The pilot is witty, insightful, biting, and arguably has the most to say out of any of the current Amazon offerings. The dialogue just flows, making The Cosmopolitans a comfort to be around.
As with his features, Stillman lets his characters indulge in ultra-white-people problems while gently chuckling at them for it.
Screen caps from the show.
Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub at Collider interviews Whit Stillman about his new show, the outlook on the possibility of a Barcelona Blu-ray and the status of his Jane Austen film titled, Love and Friendship.
Then they get comedy executives Joe Lewis and Sara Babineau and they are talking to me about doing a series or something and they have the idea that they want to something in Paris and they called me. They called me last summer in July. They wanted to do something in Paris. I think they had some property they were thinking of buying or optioning and having me rewrite it and I said, “I have so many stories in Paris.” I’ve forever been pitching these stories in the states and they’d say they’d never do something abroad, I have to change all the characters to be in New York. So I was doing all these Paris stories in New York – not all of them, but I’d had one.
I read a previous interview with you and you said that you envision this as six episodes if it goes.
STILLMAN: I thought it was going to be more, I thought they were going to want to see ten episodes – this pilot, plus nine. I’m not sure if it’s just for planning the series bible, or if they want know six episodes ahead, or if it’s only a six episode order. I think it might just be a six episode order, which would be ideal because I could potentially write the whole thing and fine tune it. So I kind of like the idea of six episodes. It’s like a very long film in chapters.
So you definitely landed financing or is it still being figured out?
STILLMAN: I’m trying to get a little more money and I have a lot of friend types that have always said they know people that want to put money into one of my films and they’re now talking to those people. So I’ll see if those people come in or if we get a little bit more money from someone else. We have enough to shoot it, but I’d like to scale up a little bit and not scale back. We’re doing it really economically already. I think it’s an incredibly good deal for investors, because we’re going to do a really good Jane Austen period film for very little money and it will look beautiful because the locations are beautiful, the actresses are beautiful, and digital cameras are beautiful [laughs].
Jordan Rountree plays Hal in Whit Stillman’s Amazon Studios pilot, The Cosmopolitans. His twitter handle is: @Jordan_Rountree. Please check out Rountree’s website and instagram ( jordan_rountree ) as well.
Jordan Rountree was born in Paris, France. After high school in the US and in Japan, he was accepted into the prestigious Classe Libre at the Cours Florent acting school in Paris, studying with the Promotion 32 under Jean-Pierre Garnier. During that time he played Hamlet at the Pompidou Center in the multimedia performance “Pourquoi Pas Toi”, in Terence Koh’s “Adansonias”, and recently as “N” in François Orsoni’s “Youth Without God” at the Théâtre de la Bastille. Jordan has also founded the company “Damaetas” with fellow members of the Promotion 32, a fledgling collective and blog that experiments with creating theatrical content for the internet.
Jordan Rountree is represented by Dorothée Grosjean at the Talentbox agency
We hope the show gets picked up and that we will be seeing more of Rountree, as Whit Stillman is always great at picking fresh new talent.