Variety learned the HBO series from The Weeknd The idol will undergo a redesign due to the decision to move in a “new creative direction”.
“The idolThe creative team at continues to build, refine and evolve its vision for the show and they have aligned themselves with a new creative direction,” HBO said in a statement, perVariety. “The production will adjust its cast and crew accordingly to best serve this new approach to the series. We look forward to sharing more information soon.
It is not clear if this A change of course could result in the departure of cast and crew members, as nothing concrete has yet been disclosed.
News from The idol was first announced last June when it was reported that HBO was developing a show in which The Weeknd would serve as co-writer and executive producer, with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. the after hours The artist would also have played the main role in the show. Joe Epstein has been cast as showrunner, with executive producer Amy Seimetz [Atlanta, The Girlfriend Experience] is set to direct all six episodes.
In November, HBO ordered The idol to the series. The show, which centers on “a pop singer who begins a romantic relationship with an enigmatic LA club owner who is the leader of a secret cult,” stars Troye Sivan, Lily-Rose Depp, Suzanna Son, Anne Heche, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (saved by the bell), Nico Hiraga (Library) and Melanie Liburd (Power Book II: Ghost).
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, The Weeknd discussed what turned out to be “quite a summer” as he simultaneously worked on finishing his fifth studio album Dawn FM while also collaborating in the writer’s room on The idol.
“Yeah, I’m finishing the new album right now,” the artist said THR. “It should be done by the end of this month and we’re figuring out when to release it. It was really cool because I’m working on this album this summer at the same time as the writer’s room for the new TV show. So I’ve been back and forth between finishing the album and waiting for the show that we’re going to start filming soon. It’s been quite a summer.