‘Man in the High Castle’ Season 3 Greenlit by Amazon

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Eric Overmyer tapped as showrunner for alternate-history Nazi thriller

The American fight against Nazi oppression will continue with “The Man in the High Castle” season three, which has been greenlit by Amazon Studios for release in 2017.

Eric Overmyer (“Treme,” “The Affair,” “Bosch”) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the next season of the alternate-history thriller, set in an America after Germany and Japan have won World War II. He takes over for Frank Spotnitz, who developed the series based on Philip K. Dick’s novel and exited as showrunner in the midst of season two production.

The first two seasons of the one-hour drama series are currently available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video worldwide. Season two of “The Man in the High Castle,” which premiered Dec. 16, 2016, registered the most viewers over its debut weekend of all scripted Amazon originals to date, according to the company — after the freshman season previously set the record a year earlier.

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“Man in the High Castle” stars Alexa Davalos (“Mob City”), Rupert Evans (“American Pastoral”), Luke Kleintank (“Pretty Little Liars”), DJ Qualls (“Z Nation”), Joel De La Fuente (“Hemlock Grove”), Brennan Brown (“Focus”), Bella Heathcote (“The Neon Demon”) and Callum Keith Rennie (“Longmire”), along with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (“Revenge”) and Rufus Sewell (“Victoria”).

The series was developed by Spotnitz (“The X-Files”), who will serve as executive producer of season three with Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife”), Richard Heus (“Ugly Betty”), Isa Dick Hackett (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Daniel Percival (“Banished”).

In “The Man in the High Castle,” based on Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name, Germany controls much of the former United States’ East Coast and Japan rules over the West Coast. The Rocky Mountains have become a neutral zone — and ground zero for the American resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as the Man in the High Castle.

“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios head of comedy and drama, said in a statement. “Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not.”

Overmyer’s writing and producing credits include “St. Elsewhere,” “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order,” “The Wire,” “New Amsterdam” and “Treme,” which he co-created with David Simon. Overmyer also adapted Amazon Studios’ original drama series “Bosch,” recently greenlit for a fourth season, based on Michael Connelly’s novels about an LAPD detective.

Pictured above: Rufus Sewell as Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith in season two of “The Man in the High Castle.”

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  1. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:

    I watched both seasons.. Even know I don’t get it. It really does not make sense..So are they time traveling? I don’t know! I will say Amazon does do good TV. Mad Dogs was AWESOME! Sneeky Peat is really good and Goliath is amazing as well… I tried that Bosch show but I could not get into it.. I think maybe cause the main actor is extremely cheesy? I don’t know I couldn’t get through first episode and that’s the same for “The Patriot” the first episode was too boring so I never came back.. The 3 I mentioned Especially Mad Dogs is MUST SEE TV. You can’t stop watching.

  2. Most Excellent; so happy with this show. The casting is perfect. Just hope Season 3 will give us a little bit more answers on timeline travels. I also love how it explores the good side of otherwise horrible men such as John Smith and Chief Inspector Kido. It’s not all black and white and that certain circumstances can bring out the humanity in bad people, even so, for a few moments and selfish reasons.

    My favorite character is played by Rufus Sewell. He nails the character of John Smith perfect and his story line and that of his family is so captivating. Torn apart by his unbend-able Nazi ideology and by the laws he swore to enforce, but must break them to save his son’s life almost makes you care for the guy. To add to that mental torture, his rise to stardom in the Reich adds even more irony to that story.

    I hope they cast more Japanese nationals. De La Fuente mimics a pretty good Japanese accent but others not so much. General Oneda is clearly miscast. Not to take away anything from Tzi Ma’s performance, but he clearly looks Chinese, not Japanese.

    Beautiful story telling. Dominic Lewis continued to deliver a poignant music score, despite Henry Jackman departure from the show. This eeirie version of Edelweiss is so haunting (bizarrely not included in the Varese Sarabande movie Soundtrack release).

    I cannot wait for Season 3.

  3. Wayne says:

    Hopefully we won’t have to wait a year and a half for the third season as we did for season two.Given how short the attention span is of the public and how fickle they are, it does rob the show of momentum.
    The second season I,proved on the glacial pacing of season one and there are interesting developments in store. We still don’t know how certain people (Including the Japanese trade minister) are able,to cross,over but, I assume, it has to do with an object from the other side.

    The big question is what happens to those in the alternate timeline/universe and the show also suggests that folks are able to travel to multiple timelines since there are others where the Jamapese won the war and San Francisco was destroyed or is this a projection of possible futures that can be undone by time travel?

    • Diane says:

      I am up to episode 5 of season 2 and really wish they didn’t have the alternate time line for the Trade Minister – seems hokey. Other than that I love the series!

      • Wayne says:

        Well that’s where the footage from the newsreel of the alternate (our) history comes from. It wI’ll make sense dramatically by the end of the season.

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