Amazon to make TV show of ‘Natchez Burning’

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JACKSON, Miss. — Amazon Studios announced Friday it had signed on to produce a TV show based on Greg Iles’ thriller ‘Natchez Burning.’

Spokesperson George Cabico told the Associated Press; Amazon has ordered enough content for two episodes.

Fans of the New York Times bestselling author aren’t the only ones who should be excited about the project.

Just days ago, Iles revealed he didn’t want the show to be made on a Hollywood set.

Instead, he preferred to make it a little closer to home.

“If the show is green-lit,” he told reporters in an email earlier this week, “the present plan is to shoot on location [in Mississippi], to get the authenticity that ‘True Detective’ got in south Louisiana and ‘Friday Night Lights’ got in Texas.”

According to his website, Iles was born in Germany but now calls Mississippi home.

He spent his youth in Natchez and even graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983.

But trying to convince executive producers to relocate will be a bit of a challenge.

That’s because the magnolia state hasn’t been as successful at attracting TV productions as some of its Mid-south neighbors.

Mississippi Film Office Director Ward Emling said the state is trying to assure producers that “Mississippi is the best and only place for their production.”

“We’ve been aware of the film and television interest in Greg’s trilogy of novels that began with ‘Natchez Burning,’,” Emling said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor and support the project as it moves forward.”

Iles is set to co-produce the series along with actor Tobey Maguire, and David Hudgins would write.

Hudgins has written for series including “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.”

According to Deadline, Maguire’s company Material and Sony Pictures Television are also involved.

“It was plain from the first that Tobey had read the book and completely got it,” Iles said. “It means so much to have smart veterans behind the wheel on a production as ambitious as this one.”

No word yet on when the show will premiere.

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