“Carnival Row,” the Amazon Prime show causing recent buzz, released its first full season today, a day ahead of its long-scheduled release date.
The series follows a detective and a fairy, played by the unlikely duo of Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom, as they work together to solve a set of murders amidst a backdrop of warring segregated classes of humans and fairies. Delevingne’s character is just one member of an entire race of fairies who have escaped a war-ravaged homeland to live among humans.
The series was originally conceived as a film project and is based on a script written by Travis Beacham. Beacham was the co-writer of the 2013 film “Pacific Rim” and initially worked to develop the project with critically-acclaimed film director Guillermo Del Toro. However, Del Toro was forced to step away from the project in 2017 due to scheduling commitments.
While some reviewers have unfavorably compared the series to the recently concluded “Game of Thrones,” Beacham seemed happy to draw a distinction between the two at this year’s San Diego Comic Con where the first trailer premiered.
He stressed the power of mixing multiple genres, adding that “there’s really no reason why [fantasy] always has to be medieval.”
“We see ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and it’s always in this sort of pseduo-medieval time,” Beacham said. “I thought, ‘What would happen if you took that world and you just fast-forwarded it past its own industrial revolution?’”
Beacham has been developing the world of “Carnival Row” for the last 14 years and said he was excited for the rest of the world to learn more about the world he constructed.
“I’m really interested for [the audience] to see the scope of it,” Beacham said. “There’s so many characters and there’s so many corners around which you can look.”
The series is executive produced by Marc Gugghenheim, known for his role behind the scenes of “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” Despite his history with previously established comic book characters, Guggenheim said he thought the strength of “Carnival Row” lies in its “originality.”
“It’s not based on a novel. It’s not based on a graphic novel,” Guggenheim said. “It’s its own unique thing and, in my opinion, we don’t have enough of those pieces of content out there.”
The eight-episode first season is now available to binge on Amazon Prime with a second season renewal already announced.