Helping to put Amazon on the map with “Transparent,” Jill Soloway likely has some creative pull at the streaming giant, and they definitely wanted to see what she had up her sleeve next. Well, that project is the provocatively named “I Love Dick.”
Starring Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne, Lily Mojekwu, Roberta Colindrez, and India Menuez, and featuring episodes directed by Jill Soloway, Andrea Arnold, Kimberly Peirce, and Jim Frohna, the series is an adaptation of the book by Chris Kraus, and details the unique impact the titular Dick has on a woman who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Here’s the synopsis from Sundance, where the first three episodes screened:
Adapted from Chris Kraus’s 1997 cult classic, combining feminist art criticism, memoir, and epistolary novel, “I Love Dick” is a bold new series from the team that brought you “Transparent.” Chris is a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas, where her erudite husband has a writing residency. Amid the dusty silence, art snobs, and tumbleweeds, she meets renowned scholar Dick. An infuriating and beguiling exchange with this enigmatic, macho character unleashes a dramatic awakening in her.
But this is not a story about Chris winning Dick’s love or approval, or revitalizing her stale marriage. Rather, Dick is a cipher for Chris’s creativity and intellect. Her infatuation fuels an erotic electricity that is her own, leading her to new thresholds as an artist. Exploring and innovating around female desire and subjectivity, the series liberates itself from television convention—playfully mining Kathryn Hahn’s multi-dimensional comedic range, the stark west Texas landscape, and a magic bag of riveting visual, textual, and narrative experiments.
“I Love Dick” lands on Amazon on May 12th. [Deadline]