Apple always has something for the press to speak about.
If it’s not a brand new – and pretty affordable – iPhone model, it’s the new features of the upcoming iPhone operating system, and the transition of Macs from Intel to in-house ARM processors, to name just a few.
Last year, in turn, it shocked the world with the announcement of expanding into an area most of us wouldn’t’ve expected: media creation. At the March 25 Apple Special Event held at Steve Jobs Theater last year, Apple announced its intention to launch its streaming service called Apple TV+ with original content exclusive to the platform. The announcement was followed by the launch of quite a few acclaimed pieces of content, including the science fiction series “See” starring Jason Momoa, the alternate history series “For All Mankind”, and “The Morning Show”, the award-winning drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. But the list of great content coming to Apple TV+ doesn’t stop here, with more amazing stories and high-profile shows coming to the service in the coming months.
On June 22, at the WWDC, Apple dropped the first trailer for its brave, high-profile science fiction series “Foundation”, also announcing the premiere of the series: 2021. It is perhaps the most anticipated series ever made – and one of the most worrisome at the same time, considering that it is an adaptation of one of the most beloved classic science fiction series of all time.
The series has taken quite a few liberties compared to the source material, casting Laura Birn for the role of Eto Demerzel (a “male” character in the novels), and apparently leaving out some characters entirely. But the name of David S. Goyer, the creative mind behind projects like Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, promises a deep, exciting story.
Lisey’s Story tells the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous writer, cleaning out her late husband’s writing area and discovering his darkest secrets in the process. All this in Stephen King’s inimitable style that combines romance and psychological horror in a unique way.
The book, nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2007, will be adapted to the screen in the form of a miniseries with King himself writing the screenplay and acting as an executive producer along with star Julianne Moore and J. J. Abrams.
Considering how many of King’s works are adapted (“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone”, “Rat”, “The Life of Chuck”, and “If It Bleeds” are all in the works), it is a very exciting time for the fans of the uncrowned king of the horror genre. And Apple TV+ is doing its part, too.
The Time Bandits
Finally, let us mention a story that was once a feature film and now it finds life anew on Apple TV+: Terry Gilliam’s wacky time travel comedy “The Time Bandits”. The story follows a rag-tag team of six dwarves – Randall, Fidgit, Strutter, Og, Wally, and Vermin – joined by 11-year-old Kevin on their adventures across time and space.
The series revival of the story will have Gilliam himself onboard in a non-writing production role. The pilot episode – set to be released next year – will be written and directed by Taika Waititi, known for his work on movies like “Thor: Ragnarök” and “Jojo Rabbit”.