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Now, here you go again, you say you want your TV show. Well, who is Amazon to stop you? Daisy Jones and the Six, an upcoming Prime Video series, follows a fictional 1970s dramatic rock band inspired in part by Fleetwood Mac. The show is based on a book of the same name written by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo author Taylor Jenkins Reid. The novel came out in 2017 and was chosen based on a copy the couple and executive producers Scott Neustadter and Lauren Levy Neustadter read prior to release. Subsequently, production was halted due to the pandemic, which explains the wait, per Vanity purse. The series has also been EP’d by Reese Witherspoon through her studio Hello Sunshine, with Scott Neustadter co-creating the show with Michael H. Weber and running the show with Will Graham.
The first teaser promises: “Their music made them famous. Their breakup made them legends.” Based on our first close look at the show, it adapts the book’s oral history into a music documentary version. “Look, I know I said I’d tell you everything,” says the titular Daisy. “But how much of everything do you really want to know?” Below all the info I Doing Want to know.
The book that faithfully adapts the series follows the titular Daisy as she navigates the ’70s rock scene. She joins the fictional band The Six, led by Billy Dunne. The two, along with the rest of their bandmates and Billy’s girlfriend, Camila, navigate interpersonal conflict, musical conflict, and drug abuse.
The story seems to follow more or less the same plot as the original book. Their goal was “figuring out how to make the viewing experience the same way it was when we read it,” the makers told Vanity purse. That meant keeping much of the same structure as the book, while condensing the framing device, which centers around the band members looking back at their youth from the future, to age 20.
Daisy Jones is played by Riley Keough, a descendant of one Elvis Presley. Billy Dunne is played by Sam Claflin, of Finnick Odair fame. Both Keough and Claflin told it Vanity purse that they spent a lot of time learning how to play these rockers. Keough learned to belt, while Claflin learned to play rhythm guitar as well as that “Come Together” isn’t Michael Jackson. Other cast members include Suki Waterhouse as Karen, Sebastian Chacon as Warren, Josh Whitehouse as Eddie, and Will Harrison as Graham. Camila Morrone plays the fictional Camila, while Timothy Olyphant plays Rod Reyes, Tom Wright plays Teddy Price, and Nabiyah Be Simone Jackson.
It sure sounds like it, doesn’t it! But no, this isn’t the Fleetwood Mac bioseries you’ve been longing for. It’s definitely inspired by that iconic band (and their iconic album Rumors), as well as the general rock scene of the time, but Daisy Jones and the Six are their own thing. If you want to see Fleetwood Mac talk about their whole situation, stick with them Behind the music episode.
Blake Mills and Tony Berg wrote much of the original music for the fictional band, including songs mentioned in the book such as “Regret Me” and “Aurora.” “It sounds kind of fresh and doesn’t sound like acting,” Neustadter said Vanity purse. Those songs will also have lyrics written in the book. The soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records. If you’re in the mood for a sample, listen to the real fake band’s first proper single, their fake iconic track “Regret Me.”
When you’re ready to rock out with your Six out, get in line. The series will premiere on Prime Video on March 3, with new episodes airing every Friday. Sex, drugs and streaming services.