It’s long been known that Apple is aggressively eyeing Hollywood and original content, but now a New York Times report sheds more light on the company’s vigorous push into series programming.
According to the report, entertainment executives who met with Apple told the NYT that the company’s new programming has a planned rollout of sometime between March 2019 and summer 2019. Apple plans to expand its portfolio of shows and is opening divisions for adult dramas, children’s shows, and programming for Latin America and Europe.
Apple has made deals for 12 projects so far, and the company has already courted some big names to work on its rapidly expanding slate of original content. The projects include: the Steven Spielberg anthology Amazing Stories; a drama series from La La Land director Damien Chazelle; a psychological thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan; a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore; a futuristic drama from the director of the Hunger Games films Francis Lawrence; and a drama series about a network morning show which will star Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Apple will also reportedly work with Octavia Spencer on a drama series and Kirsten Wiig on a comedy show.
Of the 12 projects, nine have been aggressive “straight-to-series” orders, which skip traditional pilot episodes. Progress on some shows have been slow though: executive producer Bryan Fuller left Amazing Stories nearly two months ago and hasn’t been replaced, while the Aniston / Witherspoon drama Apple bought four months ago is expecting a draft of the script this week.