Amazon Studios orders new drama "Things I Know To Be True" with Academy and Emmy Awards winner Nicole Kidman to star and executive produce
From Amazon Studios, NBCUniversal International Studios' Matchbox Pictures
and Blossom Films in Association with Jan Chapman Films,
Based on the Award-Winning Play by Andrew Bovell
CULVER CITY, Calif. - Oct. 28, 2020 - Amazon Studios announced today that it has picked up the gripping new drama Things I Know To Be True, starring and executive produced by Academy and Emmy Award winner Nicole Kidman under her Blossom Films banner. Things I Know To Be True is from Amazon Studios, NBCUniversal International Studios' Matchbox Pictures and Blossom Films, in association with Jan Chapman Films. NBCUniversal International Studios is a division of Universal Studio Group. The series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Based on the award-winning play by Andrew Bovell, Things I Know To Be True is about the resilience of an enduring marriage and the evolving nature of a family's love, as Bob and Fran Price watch their adult children make unexpected decisions which change the course of their lives.
Things I Know To Be True is written by Bovell, who will also serve as executive producer. Kidman will also serve as executive producer for Blossom Films, along with Per Saari. Amanda Higgs and Alastair McKinnon are executive producers for Matchbox Pictures. Jan Chapman is executive producer for Jan Chapman Films.
Kidman said: "I'll never forget the experience I had watching Andrew's play in Sydney, having one of those transcendent theater experiences. Andrew's play is exquisite and his scripts for the series are just as good. With Amazon's belief, Jen Salke's guidance, and an extraordinary producing team, we have big hopes for what this can be."
"This is a story about family, that thing you spend your life trying to escape from only to yearn for what you've lost if you ever do," said Bovell. "I'm thrilled that an actor of Nicole Kidman's calibre leads the series in the role of Fran Price. As a mother and a woman she is complicated, difficult and utterly compelling. I'm also thrilled that a company of Amazon Studios' significance has shown such confidence in the story and will take it to a global audience."
"Thing I Know To Be True is a wonderfully complex and intense emotional journey exploring what pulls a family apart and tests the very bonds of love that unite them," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "We are grateful to Andrew and to our partners for landing this on Prime Video, and are always so pleased to build on our slate with Nicole and Per and everyone at Blossom."
"Our driving force at Matchbox is to tell stories for a global audience rooted in the richness of Australian talent," said McKinnon. "It is thrilling to be in partnership with Nicole Kidman and the Blossom team alongside the combined creative forces of Andrew Bovell, Amanda Higgs and Jan Chapman. Together with the support of Amazon Studios, we know that we have something very special."
ABOUT BLOSSOM FILMS:
BLOSSOM FILMS, founded by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari, is a lateral thinking production company that believes in taking risks on the stories and writers they love. Since its inception in 2010 and their first film, Rabbit Hole, which garnered Kidman an Academy Award nomination, Blossom has been dedicated to fostering creative autonomy and championing artists. Their most recent success comes from executive-producing seasons one and two of Big Little Lies, HBO's groundbreaking series, which garnered eight Emmy nominations and five wins for season one, including Best Actress for Kidman and Best Miniseries or Television Film. Blossom's next project is The Undoing, a limited series for HBO, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, which is currently on air. They are currently in development on several other projects including the television adaptation of Janelle Brown's Pretty Things, with Reed Morano attached to direct, as well as pre-production on projects such as the television adaptation of Janice Lee's best-seller The Expatriates, with Lulu Wang directing all episodes. They are currently in production on the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty's latest best-selling novel Nine Perfect Strangers.
ABOUT MATCHBOX PICTURES:
Matchbox Pictures is a prolific film and television production company with offices in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia. It makes world-class content for a global audience. Its credits include leading international adult dramas Stateless, The Heights, Glitch, Safe Harbour, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, Secret City, Wanted and The Slap; and children's dramas Nowhere Boys and Mustangs FC. Matchbox is currently in production on a new eight-part drama Clickbait, for Netflix. Matchbox also produces non-scripted shows including franchise titles The Real Housewives of Melbourne and Sydney and feature films. Matchbox is one of the most credentialed and awarded producers in Australia. It has won International Emmys, Prix de Jour, a BAFTA and multiple AACTAs (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) and Logies.
An NBCUniversal International Studios company, Matchbox Pictures has produced more than 55 titles, working every network in Australia as well as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the BBC.
ABOUT NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS:
NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, delivers award-winning content to millions across the globe. Based in London, the business' in-house production labels include Carnival Films, creator of worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey, Netflix series The Last Kingdom and hit drama Belgravia for ITV and EPIX; Monkey Kingdom, producer of BAFTA-winning Made in Chelsea, reality ITVBe hitThe Real Housewives of Cheshire and ITV2 hip-hop comedy show Don't Hate the Playaz; Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, producer of critically acclaimed seriesGlitch, The Slap, Safe Harbour, Stateless and upcoming drama Clickbait; and Working Title Television, producer of Netflix series Tales of the City, BBC One drama The Luminaries, upcoming comedy Lady Parts and The Black T-Shirt Collection, the first television project by Inua Ellams.
NBCUniversal International Studios also operates a joint production venture with Heyday Television (The Long Song, The Capture and Clickbait) and owns an equity stake in Lark Productions (Fortunate Son, The Glass Hotel) in Canada. International Studios also comprises a UK and LA-based Scripted unit that developed and produces the Emmy-nominated television remake Hanna for Amazon Prime Video.
ABOUT AMAZON STUDIOS:
Amazon Studios is the home for talent, creating and producing original films and television series for a global audience. Original series all premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, which is available in over 200 countries and territories. Recent hit Amazon Original series include the Emmy Award-winning comedies Fleabag, created by and starring Emmy Award-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Emmy Award-winners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, as well as the action thriller drama Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, the irreverent superhero series The Boys, and fantasy drama Carnival Row starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne; Amazon Originals also include culturally relevant and buzzed about content such as Rihanna's Savage X Fenty music and fashion event, Donald Glover's Guava Island and Chasing Happiness, a documentary about pop superstars the Jonas Brothers.
In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win Oscars for Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman. Recent Amazon original movies include the subversive comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm with Sacha Baron Cohen, Troop Zero starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney, Tom Harper's The Aeronauts starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, Scott Z. Burns' The Report, Alma Har'el's Honey Boy and the Academy Award nominated Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly. The 2020 slate include the family comedy My Spy starring Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman, Chemical Hearts starring Lili Reinhart, Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed, Sylvie's Love with Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, Alan Ball's Uncle Frank with Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis, I'm Your Woman starring and produced by Rachel Brosnahan and more. In addition, the originals film slate includes a number of diverse first-time feature filmmakers - Blow the Man Down directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole, Selah and The Spadesfrom director Tayarisha Poe, The Vast of Night directed by Andrew Patterson and 7500 directed by Patrick Vollrath.
ABOUT JAN CHAPMAN FILMS:
The Australian independent production company for producer and executive producer Jan Chapman whose many films include the critically acclaimed and multi awarded Lantana written by Andrew Bovell and directed by Ray Lawrence and the three- time Academy Award and Palme d'Or winning The Piano and Bright Star for director Jane Campion.