By Ryan Keating-Lambert

Prague will play host for the new Amazon Studios fantasy noir Carnival Row, set to start filming later this year.

Carnival Row is an eight-episode hour-long series that revolves around a murder investigation in a fictional Neo-Victorian town where mythical creatures and man coexist. With such a synopsis it’s only fitting that the series should be filmed in the city of 100 spires.

The project has generated on and off interest over the years, including that of writer / director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) who in the end, couldn’t commit due to scheduling conflicts. But the series has finally found its feet through Amazon Studios and Legendary TV. Writer Rene Echevarria (Star Trek) is set to executive produce alongside director Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) who’s been with the project since its inception in 2005.

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Rene Echevarria (Hollywood Reporter)

Amazon have high hopes for the ambitious series and promise to break new ground with the timely themes. “The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before. A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR at Amazon Studios.

Although the streaming service has an impressive catalogue of fresh feature films, it’s yet to find its ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Stranger Things’ to really get the ball rolling. Fingers crossed!

Carnival Row is currently in pre-production with Stillking Films (Atomic Blonde, Snowpiercer) and is looking to start filming this fall in Prague’s Barrandov Studios. No word on the cast as yet.

Feature photo: The Raskins

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