Fresh off her multiple wins at the Emmy Awards, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed an overall production deal with Amazon Studios. This is no surprise considering Fleabag has been a huge hit and cultural touchstone. It and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have won Amazon Studios multiple Emmys and helped define the identity of the streaming service.
"I'm insanely excited to be continuing my relationship with Amazon. Working with the team on Fleabag was the creative partnership dreams are made of. It really feels like home. I can't wait to get going!"
– Phoebe Waller-Bridge
According to Deadline Hollywood, the deal is for three years. Waller-Bridge is hot for creating both Fleabag and Killing Eve, which also won Emmys on Sunday. Amazon Studios and Waller-Bridge had been negotiating the deal for weeks, and announcing it after the Emmy wins is icing on the cake.
The deal with Amazon Studios is rumoured to be in the mid-eight figures. This makes it one of the biggest deals for a female writer-producer in Hollywood.
"We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Phoebe at Amazon Studios! As evident in her great success at the Emmy Awards this week, she is clever, brilliant, generous and a virtuoso on multiple fronts including writing, acting and producing. Fleabag has been a gift to our Prime Video customers and we are excited for what comes next from this brilliant mind to dazzle and delight our global audience."
– Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studios
Onward to World Conquest!
Under the deal, Waller-Bridge will be creating new TV content that will premiere in more than 200 countries and territories on the Amazon Prime streaming service. That's a massive outlet for any creator.
Waller-Bridge recently completed a draft of the next James Bond movie. She hopes to appear in the next season of Killing Eve as one of Villanelle's victims. Her next project is HBO's upcoming series Run, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever. Run was created by Vicky Jones, Waller-Bridge's partner in her theatre company DryWrite. The company produced the original one-woman stage version of Fleabag, which Jones directed. Jones played Fleabag's deceased best friend Boo in the first series of the TV series.
Even with the Emmy wins, Waller-Bridge insists Series Two of Fleabag was the end. Amazon Studios will probably keep asking her for more, maybe a movie? A special? Fleabag on Ice? Fleabag in Space?
Meanwhile, the filmed version of Waller-Bridge's final performance of the original play has been held over for another week in movie theatres in the US after sold-out screenings.
Fleabag Series One and Two are now streaming on Amazon Prime.