Amazon Studios has issued a formal pilot order for The horror of Dolores Roach, based on the hit podcast Gimlet, featuring One day at a time Former student Justina Machado will star in the title role. Roxann Dawson is the director and executive producer of the pilot, which has been casting for the past four months. The project, in development at Amazon since 2020, comes from Blumhouse Television, which won the rights to adapt the podcast in 2019 in a competitive situation, and Spotify.
Written and directed by podcast creator Aaron Mark, The horror of Dolores Roach was originally developed by Mark as a one-woman play starring Daphne Rubin-Vega. It is a grotesque tale inspired by Sweeney Todd about Eat or Be Eaten; a ghoulish urban legend of love, betrayal, marijuana, gentrification, cannibalism and survival of the fittest.
“Magic Hands” Dolores Roach (Machado) is released from prison after 16 years and returns to Washington Heights severely gentrified with $ 200 and the clothes she is wearing. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, her apartment now occupied by strangers, Dolores finds respite in the run-down Empanada Loca store around the corner, the only vestige of her previous life.
Mark wrote the pilot script and will executive produce alongside H.ome before dark co-creator Dara Resnik and Rubin-Vega. Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold of Blumhouse Television and Chris Giliberti and Justin McGoldrick of Spotify will also serve as executive producers.
Machado most recently performed at the One day at a time Reimage, garnering multiple award nominations and winning two Imagen Awards for his role. He previously shared a SAG Award for his role on the Emmy-winning HBO series. Six feet under. His other television credits include Jane the virgin other Queen of the South. His film work includes Blumhouse Productions’ The Purge: Anarchy, From Netflix All together now and the indie Peter. On stage, Machado made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical. In the heights created and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Machado is represented by UTA, D2 Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Dawson began his career directing for television while starring in Star Trek: Voyager. She directs the next Foundation based on the Isaac Aasimov book series and previously directed at The Americans, House of Cards, This Is Us, Lost, Bates Motel, The Morning Show, and the finale of David Simon’s HBO series The Deuce. Dawson Discovery (2019) was the first 20th Century Fox feature to launch under the new Disney Banner. She has also been the producer-director of multiple shows, including the hit Scandal. Dawson is represented by Rain Management, UTA and Ziffren.