Amazon continues its shift to series with more global appeal by pulling the plug on The Last Tycoon. The Matt Bomer-led drama was based on the F. Scott Fitgerald novel and told the story of Monroe Stahr during the glory days of Hollywood. The series also stars Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Rosmarie DeWitt (United States of Tara).
This news comes days after Amazon cancelled the Christina Ricci-led series Z: The Beginning of Everything, which told the story of Fitzgerald’s wife and novelist Zelda Fitzgerald.
Reports say Amazon was already $7 million into the second season of Z: The Beginning of Everything when the cancellation was announced, and The Last Tycoon was also an expensive series to make. Word is that Amazon is going throw a budget tightening while they desperately search for their Game of Thrones.
The Last Tycoon was an unfinished novel by Fitzgerald. Stahr was modeled after Irving Thalberg, a producer on a variety of films from 1921 to 1938, including everything from London After Midnight to A Night At The Opera, though he was never credited for his work. He died at the young age of 37 from heart failure.
Bomer, who proved he could lead a television series with White Collar, spent some time on American Horror Story and a few films before signing on for The Last Tycoon. His next scheduled project is to voice an unannounced character in the Dreamworks animated film BOO: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.