After years of being held in suspense, praying that “The Cosmopolitans” would be picked up and revived, and watching your bootleg copy of the revered pilot, it was announced that a new television project is in the works from Whit Stillman.
“The Splendid Affinities” is the title of the new series to be written and directed by Stillman. Described as a big budget Romantic Comedy Adventure, the series will be taking place in Paris, Madrid, and London.
Via the official press release:
The Splendid Affinities is set in the present day, thirty years after the end of the Soviet era, where the fictional Baltic republic of Vronyia is again under threat – as is the life of its beloved Prince Michael, elder statesman of the country’s return to democracy. The tentacles of violence extend to London, Paris and Madrid with our heroes out to save the nation, its deposed leaders, and the world, in the most stylish – least bloody – way possible – with dreams of finding love while doing so.
Very exciting news for fans of Whit and the genre! As Mr. Stillman has commented, the adventure rom-com is “A popular genre, always rare, has become rarer: adventure with humor and romance,”
That said, there is no doubt (in this authors mind) that networks and streaming services alike will be clamoring to get their hands on this.
Stay tuned for more developments as they come along!
Do you want to dance like Aubrey (Carrie MacLemore)? Well, she may have done the dance before…That’s because both Adam Brody and Carrie MacLemore starred in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress. They now star in his new Amazon show The Cosmopolitans.
Here is the dance (The Sambola!), with instructions:
Someone asked for the soundtrack listings in the pilot. I found them on imdb and here they are with youtube links. I have not yet had time to double check them with the credits, so if you find errors, please email or comment:
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Performed by Joan Osborne
Written by Clement Dodd and Don Drummond
All Along I’ve Loved You
Written by Tony Ashley
Performed by Tony Ashley and the Delicates
I’m Afraid To Say I Love You
Written by Winfred L. Lovett
Performed by The Lovettes
Fly Away With Me
Written by Dominic Glover, Gary Crockett, Jay Glover, and Noel McKoy
Performed by Dominic Glover, Gary Crockett, Jay Glover, and Noel McKoy
Tomber La Chemise
Performed by Zebda
(Used for the Sambola dance sequence)
Try Me One Time
Written by Ben E King
Performed by Ben E King
Not found on youtube
All I Need Is You
Written by Leigh Gracie
Performed by Leigh Gracie
To Be Loved Written by Berry Gordy Jr, Tyran Carlo, and Gendolyn Fuqua Performed by Berry Gordy Jr, Tyran Carlo, and Gendolyn Fuqua
(Could not find the version in the show, so Diana Ross has to fill in)