Amazon Prime series Museum of Innocence: made in the USA?
The Amazon digital platform has officially opened in Turkey, and we already know about the first TV show, which is being prepared by the main competitor of Netflix. And this is not the Museum of Innocence expected by many starring Çağatay Ulusoy. Why did this happen and what is the fate of the project?
Unlike Netflix, which centralizes content production in several large regional centers (Turkish production depends on a center in Amsterdam that controls the entire Middle East, Europe and Africa), the management of Amazon Prime prefers full decentralization. That is, the production of series in each country is carried out by separate independent departments of digital platform.
Amazon Prime, which has 150 million subscribers, officially opened in Turkey on September 15th. As it became known, the first Turkish series of the digital platform, which is being prepared by the Amazon Turkey branch, will be the Plus / Arti series starring Binnur Kaya and Okan Bayülgen. Its premiere is scheduled for May 19, 2021. Several more TV shows are in production.
The announcement surprised Turkish viewers, who expected the first series to be produced by Amazon Turkey to be the Museum of Innocence / Masumiyet Müzesi, based on the novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. However, as we reported earlier, the Museum of Innocence is not a project produced by Amazon Turkey. The series is produced by Amazon Prime USA and Hollywood company Wild Sheep Content.
OGM Pictures will be responsible for filming in Turkey. The executive producer of the series is Çağatay Ulusoy. He will also play the main role in the TV show, but this is not a Turkish series, despite the fact that a Turkish actor will play the main role in it. The decision is logical, considering that the state censor RTUK will not allow showing eroticism, which is present in the work of Orhan Pamuk. It is likely that Çağatay’s co-star in the series will also not be Turkish.
It is not yet known when the shooting of the Museum of Innocence will begin, but it was previously reported that the preparatory period would take more than a year.