Amazon Studios has given a formal pilot order to The horror of Dolores Roach, based on the successful Gimlet podcast, with One day at a time the former Justina Machado is expected to play the title role. Roxann Dawson is attached to the direct and executive production of the pilot, who has been in casting for four months. The project, in development at Amazon since 2020, comes from Blumhouse Television, which won the rights to adapt the podcast in 2019 in a competitive situation, and Spotify.
Written and Directed by Podcast Creator Aaron Mark, The horror of Dolores Roach was originally developed by Mark as a solo piece with Daphne Rubin-Vega. It’s a Sweeney Todd-inspired grotesque tale of eat or be eaten – a grisly urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest.
“Magic Hands” Dolores Roach (Machado) is released from prison after 16 years and returns to severely gentrified Washington Heights with $ 200 and the clothes on her back. With her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, and her apartment now occupied by strangers, Dolores finds respite in the dilapidated Empanada Loca storefront around the corner – the only vestige of her former life.
Mark wrote the pilot script and will produce alongside The house before dark co-creator Dara Resnik and Rubin-Vega. Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold of Blumhouse Television and Chris Giliberti and Justin McGoldrick of Spotify will also be executive producers.
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Machado recently starred in the One day at a time reinventing, winning multiple award nominations and winning two Imagen Awards for her role. She once shared a SAG Award for her role in the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Six feet Under ground. His other television credits include Joan the Virgin and Queen of the South. His film work includes Blumhouse Productions The Purge: Anarchy, by netflix All together now and indie Pedro. On stage, Machado made his Broadway debut in Tony’s award-winning musical In the heights, created by and performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Machado is replaced by UTA, D2 Management and Goodman Genow Schenkman.
Dawson began his career directing for television while starring in Star Trek: Voyager. She heads to the next one Foundation based on the Isaac Asimov series of books and previously produced on The Americans, House of Cards, This Is Us, Lost, Bates Motel, The Morning Show and the finale of David Simon’s HBO series The devil. Dawson Breakthrough (2019) was 20th Century Fox’s first feature film to release under the new Disney banner. She has also been a producer-director of several shows, including the hit Scandal. Dawson is replaced by Rain Management, UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.