Apple developing original TV & Movies


Apple announced in August 2017 that it would be spending 1 billion dollars on original content. What shows does it have and when can I get it?

Apple’s worldwide video programming division is rumoured to launch a video streaming service in March 2019. Apple has traditionally launched this type of service in the US first with other countries like Australia to follow later. Don’t expect the sex and violence of some HBO content as Apple will be careful to avoid controversy.

Amazing Stories

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and NBC Universal will bring the anthology series Amazing Stories to Apple. The original show runner for the series was replaced as Apple felt the series was a little dark.

Amazing Stories April 1926 – Volume 1 Number 1

Are you Sleeping?

Based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber it explores people’s obsession with true crime stories and the recent popularity in podcasts dedicated to exploring unsolved or controversial cases.


An adaption of a French series, which uses audio but few visuals to tell its story. Apple is partnering with the French network Canal+ on the series and has acquired the rights to the original.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

An adaptation from a segment on James Corden’s late night talk show but without Corden in the drivers seat. Instead it is now or a pair of celebrities in the car. It has been renewed for a second season and the first is currently available for free.

Central Park

From the creator of Bob’s Burgers, Central Park is an animated musical comedy series with Josh Gad and Kristen Bell.

Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob is a crime thriller about a father whose teenage son is accused of murder and will star Chris Evans.


A comedy series based on the life of writer Emily Dickinson.


Based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series of novels and short stories. A sci fi series that explores a coming dark age.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation book – Photo by RA.AZ


A one hour documentary series within an inside look at extraordinary homes.

Little America

A drama series about immigrants by husband and wife team  Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon.

Little Voice

10 episode musical drama/comedy series produced by J.J. Abrams.

Losing Earth

A series based on New York Times Magazine series “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change”.


A drama series based on Jin Lee’s best-selling novel Pachinko, about multiple generations of Koreans who migrate to Japan.

Planet of the Apps

Apple’s first original show was a reality TV show where app developers pitched their ideas for a chance to be mentored by influencers. I say was because it launched last year and will not be renewed for a second season.


Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones & Aquaman, has been cast in a Sci Fi series set in the future where humans are born blind.


The rights to Gregory David Robert’s novel Shantaram has been secured by Apple to develop into a drama series.


Apple is developing a series based on the early life American basketball player Kevin Durant with the involvement of Ron Howard.

Time Bandits

A new series based on Terry Gilliam’s fantasy film Time Bandits.

Apple will be unlikely to be making a Lego version ???? – Photo by Guy H

Other Untitled Projects

  • Damien Chazelle of La La Land fame is set to write and direct the first series of a new drama series.
  • Apple announced in June 2018 a multi year partnership with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs.
  • A new comedy series by a 30 Rock producer and based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s short stories You Think It, I’ll Say It.
  • It’s Always Sunny stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day are developing a new half hour comedy series for Apple.
  • Apple and Sesame Workshop have entered a partnership to create multiple children’s programs but will not involve the long running Sesame Street.
  • A morning show drama series starring Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon. Rumours suggest it has been delayed as it was a little too   racy for Apple’s tastes.
  • A space drama series that explores a different take on the space race with Ronald D. Moorem, the creator of the reimagined Battelstar Gallactica series.
  • A drama series based on the life of Hilde Lysiak, a child journalist.


  • Apple has secured Wolfwalkers, an animated movie made by Cartoon Saloon.
  • The Elephant Queen, a nature documentary.

Article Photo by Zaphod. Sources: Variety & Wikipedia.

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