Apple’s March 25 event featured the tagline “It’s Show Time,” and it was quite different than the usual Apple hardware fest. Rather than assembling the usual techies, the event brought together Hollywood executives and filmmakers in Cupertino, California, and served as the official unveiling of the company’s slate of television and movie programming for its new Apple TV streaming service, dubbed Apple TV Plus.
The service will be an ad-free subscription service featuring on-demand online and offline content. It will be available in more than 100 countries, and will launch this fall.
This is Apple, of course, so some details regarding the service and programming slate remain under wraps, but we now have some confirmation regarding the long list of TV shows and feature-length films in various stages of development by the company. We’ve compiled this list of the projects — both officially announced and rumored at this point — so you can see what was revealed during the Apple event and what we can expect to hear more about in the future.
Confirmed for Apple TV Plus
A revival of the sci-fi and fantasy anthology series of the same name, Amazing Stories features Steven Spielberg on board as producer. (Think Jordan Peele’s new Twilight Zone series revival, but on Apple’s service instead of CBS All Access.) According to Spielberg, the first season is intended to provide a “single thematic experience” for audiences despite telling stand-alone stories. One episode will feature a World War II pilot whose plane travels into the present day.
J.J. Abrams and musician Sarah Bareilles team up for this series that follows a young musician in New York City learning to find herself and her voice. Bareilles will serve as co-creator, co-producer, and composer on the series.
The Morning Show
One of the biggest projects Apple is working on — given both its A-list cast and Apple’s resource investment — is a series that explores the behind-the-scenes drama of a morning TV news show. The Morning Show will team Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both in front of the camera and as producers, while also bringing Steve Carell back to television. The series will “pull back the curtain on the power dynamic between women and men,” according to Witherspoon and Aniston. Apple has already ordered two seasons of the series, and filming on the first season is reportedly nearing its conclusion.
This anthology series developed by the Oscar-nominated writing duo of The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, explores the immigrant experience by focusing on the true stories of immigrants in the US. “We wanted to focus on the immigrants doing everyday life stuff,” explained Nanjiani. The majority of writers and directors are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, according to Nanjiani, and the show is intended to remind audiences that there’s “no such thing as the other. Only us.”
A fantasy epic starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, the series is set centuries after a virus has killed off all but a few million people and rendered those survivors blind. “Imagine every human experience available to you … experienced in this way,” offered Momoa during the presentation.
Developed with Sesame Workshop and featuring both new and familiar puppets from the Sesame Street world, the kid-friendly series will use principles of coding to solve problems.
Oprah Winfrey projects
Apple signed a multiyear programming deal with Oprah Winfrey in June 2018 that will reportedly encompass everything from movies to TV to apps to books. Among the projects Winfrey confirmed during the event are two documentaries: One exploring sexual harassment and exploitation in the workplace, titled Toxic Labor, and another that will look at mental health and the stigmas surrounding it. Winfrey also announced plans for a new kind of “book club” in which author interviews and readings are streamed from Apple Stores.
Are You Sleeping?
A mystery starring Octavia Spencer that’s based on a Kathleen Barber novel about a cold case reopened by a podcasting detective.
A comedy series based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson that stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Dickinson and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) as her mother.
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller
The series from the Sixth Sense filmmaker stars Rupert Grint, Lauren Ambrose, and Nell Tiger Free.
Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director/writer Taika Waititi was hired by Apple to helm a TV adaptation of the 1981 fantasy film Time Bandits, which follows a young boy who embarks on a series of time-traveling adventures with a group of dwarfs.
This adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s celebrated sci-fi saga Foundation has David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. Foundation is a trilogy that tells the story of humans living throughout the galaxy, under the rule of a Galactic Empire. Lead character Hari Seldon has developed a branch of mathematics that allows him to predict the future, where he sees the eventual fall of the Empire. He forms a team called the Foundation to try and preserve humanity.
For All Mankind
A sci-fi series from Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore that explores what would have happened if the international space race had continued long after it actually ended.
Untitled comedy series from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day
The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia duo created this series, but little is known about it at this point. All we do know is that when these two team up, hilarious things happen.
Based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant, this scripted series fits the mold of Friday Night Lights. Produced by Durant and Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer, it follows young, highly recruited basketball players and their families as they navigate their way to the NBA.
An animated series hailing from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, it will have a musical element, along with a cast that includes actor Josh Gad.
This unscripted series explores unique, impressive homes that don’t have celebrity owners.
On the Rocks
Apple’s first original feature film will reunite Oscar-winning Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola with star Bill Murray. Production on the film is expected to begin this year.
Updated 3-25-2019: Added confirmation of many projects and more details regarding the service.
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