Amazon's just announced the next wave of original programming headed to its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Fans of top-notch alternative history, you're in for a treat -- the pilot for The Man in the High Castle has proved so popular, it's been commissioned for a full series.
From the mind of late sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick, whose other literary works have been adapted into greats such as Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall, The Man in the High Castle has been ripe for adaptation for some time. Imagining what would have happened had the Allies lost World War II, it depicts an America split between German and Japanese rule, at the height of their Nazi / Imperialistic tendencies, respectively. The hour long pilot episode that Amazon originally showcased back in January (which was nearly as good as the book it was based on) went on to become Amazon's most-watched pilot episode ever.
The Man in the High Castle is joined by British drama Mad Dogs, documentary series The New Yorker Presents and kids shows Just Add Magic and The Stinky & Dirty Show in seeing successful pilots spun into full series. While precise release dates for each programme are yet to be revealed, expect to see the first hit the Amazon Prime Instant Video service before the end of the year.