Woody Allen to Write and Direct His First TV Show for Amazon

Woody Allen
“I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin,” Allen joked. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Almost 50 years into his filmmaking career, Woody Allen will write and direct his first ever TV series—and it's for Amazon.

Half-hour episodes of the as-yet unnamed project will be available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service by next year, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday. The massive online retailer has commissioned a full season.

"Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it's an honor to be working with him on his first television series," said Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price in a statement. From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema, and we couldn't be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year."

"I have no ideas, and I'm not sure where to begin," Allen joked in his own statement. "My guess is that Roy Price will regret this."

Regret or no regret, the news signals that Allen's career won't be slowing down.

It also suggests that Amazon hopes to capitalize on the success of Amazon Studios series Transparent, which won two Golden Globes on Sunday, with more original content.