Deadline reports that Frank Spotnitz has exited as showrunner of Amazon series The Man In The High Castle, with a source telling Variety that he’s stepped down due to creative differences with the studio.
Amazon had this statement to say on Spotnitz’s departure:
Given the ambition and scope of the series, the decision has been made to locate all creative efforts on ‘The Man in the High Castle’ to the west coast; Frank Spotnitz will remain as an executive producer and step back from showrunner. His responsibilities will be managed by our deep and talented bench of producers. We are enormously grateful to him for bringing our customers on one of the most watched original shows on Amazon Video and we are excited about the team’s vision for season two.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle explores an alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War II and the former United States has been torn apart into areas controlled by Japan and Germany. Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Joel de la Fuente starred in the first season (ten episode) run and was renewed for a second season back in December last year. Now with Soptnitz gone, no showrunner has taken his place and production has immediately halted.
While I find the premise of the show intriguing, I’ve never had the chance to check it out yet and while Spotnitz has departed from what he was long attached to, I don’t think it will put me off from giving it a shot when Amazon finally complete the second season of the series.