The independent, record breaking, low-budget TV show has been a breakout success on Amazon.
With almost no following prior to its premiere on Amazon this past June, the once unknown show catapulted in popularity, and is now being renewed after popular demand.
Released with a final budget of under $1700, the breakout series became a dark horse for a low budget TV series. Promoting anti-bullying, acceptance and equality, Back Stabber soon exploded into headlines for its record breaking low-budget and it’s controversial commentary on societal issues.
According to Hype Magazine, hundreds-of-thousands of people streamed and downloaded the series on Amazon, quickly making it one of the most popular shows on the streaming platform.
Back Stabber was created by 27-year-old first time film maker Ryan Zamo, who first wrote the show over 8 years ago in film school as a project. Zamo and childhood friend Jordan Fraser, also an advocate for LGBT rights, quickly teamed up to produce the show.
Fraser said his hope is that the series will promote anti-bullying and acceptance especially during the high school years.
“I’m not saying high school was incredibly rough, but there were those bullying moments that nobody should have to go though,” Fraser said. “I hope people watch our show and see that you don’t have to go through that. You should be yourself and not hold back who you are.”
Already expressing interest in playing the lead roles in season 2 of Back Stabber are the Emmy Award nominated actress and star of Netflix’s break out series Stranger Things, Catherine Dyer; singer and star of Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick; and ironically after getting fired for issues surrounding the LGBT community; Susan Olsen from The Brady Bunch.
Larger names in the industry also talking with producers are Cameron Diaz, Kristin Chenoweth, Dave Franco and Levi Dylan, the grandson of the iconic Bob Dylan.
Final casting for season 2 of Back Stabber is still underway, but the show is set to begin production in late March, and the show’s producers are aiming for a mid-November release date.