Amazon Signs Deal with ‘The Big Short’ Writer to Develop Modern Civil War Drama


It’s only been a little over two weeks since Charles Randolph received his first Oscar. At The 88th Academy Awards, Randolph, along with cowriter Adam McKay, took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short. The writer is already continuing on, recently signing a deal with Amazon Studios to develop a new scripted series.

The still-untitled series will be an hourlong drama that grapples with the idea of civil war. According to Deadline, the show will take a “multifaceted, realistic look” at what it would take to start a modern civil war in the U.S.

Despite seeming like a huge shift from writing a motion picture about the economic collapse to writing a series about civil war for a streaming service, this deal rings true of Randolph’s past. The Oscar winner has a huge background in writing for TV, having written screenplays for a slew of television movies — including Exposed, The Missionary, and The Wonderful Malady — all within the past few years.