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Coming to Apple TV+: London crime thriller ‘Criminal Record’

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Apple’s list of currently available content for Apple TV+ continues to grow, but there’s an even faster-growing list of projects in the works. Films, limited series, specials, and multi-season series, Apple’s got lots of irons in the fire for all of them.

Some of these projects have been officially announced and acknowledged by Apple, but many have just been reported by the Hollywood press, which always has its ear to the ground about what actors, directors, and producers are getting involved with which projects.

We’ve divided this list in two: Coming Soon is a list of shows for which Apple has given an official release date or release window, and Further Out compiles other announced and not-officially-announced projects that are still in production or perhaps haven’t even begun yet.

Updated 06/22/22: Apple has announced a new series order for a London-based crime thriller called “Criminal Record.”

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Coming Soon

The following shows, series, and movies have been officially announced by Apple and will typically will begin streaming in the next few weeks or months.

Loot

What it’s about: Billionaire Molly Novak has a dream life. But when her husband of 20 years betrays her, she spirals publicly, becoming fuel for tabloid fodder. She’s reaching rock bottom when she learns, to her surprise, that she has a charity foundation run by the no-nonsense Sofia Salinas, who pleads with Molly to stop generating bad press.

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Important names: Stars Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon, and Joel Kim Booster.

When you can watch: Loot debuts on June 24, 2022.

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (special and shorts)

What it’s about: The kids and family show about kindness gets a new special episode and four shorts this summer.

Important names: Jack McBrayer stars and executive produces.

When you can watch: The new special and shorts are coming on June 24, 2022.

Black Bird

What it’s about: A six-episode psychological thriller adapted from the true crime memoir “In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” by James Keene and Hillel Levin.

Important names: Starring Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear, and Ray Liotta.

When you can watch: Black Bird premieres on July 8, 2022.

Duck & Goose

What it’s about: A preschool animated series based on the The New York Times bestselling books by Tad Hills.

Important names: Directed by Brian Muelhaupt, with Douglas Wood as showrunner.

When you can watch: Duck & Goose premieres on July 8, 2022.

Trying (season 3)

What it’s about: The eight-episode third season picks up with Nikki and Jason waking up as new parents to two children they are still getting to know. Now they just have to keep hold of them, which proves to be trickier than they initially thought. 

Important names: Stars Esther Smith and Rafe Spall.

When you can watch: Season 3 of Trying debuts on July 22, 2022.

Best Foot Forward

What it’s about: Based on the book “Just Don’t Fall” by real-life paralympic athlete and comedian Josh Sundquist, the live-action series follows 12-year-old Josh Dubin as he goes from homeschool to public school.

Important names: Stars Logan Marmino, Stephen Schneider, Joy Suprano, Peyton Jackson, and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss.

When you can watch: Best Foot Forward premieres on July 22, 2022.

Surface

What it’s about:  Set in San Francisco, Sophie is a woman who has extreme memory loss as a result of traumatic head injury, believed to be the result of a suicide attempt. As Sophie embarks on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her husband and friends, she begins to question whether or not the truth she is told is in fact the truth she has lived.

Important names: The series will star and be produced by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Hannah Shoenfeld in The Morning Show) and will be executive produced by Veronica West (co-creator of High Fidelity).

When you can watch: Surface premieres on July 29, 2022.

Amber Brown

What it’s about: Based on the bestselling book series by Paula Danziger, “Amber Brown” is an unfiltered look at a girl finding her voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce.

Important names: Directed and written by Bonnie Hunt, starring Carsyn Rose and Sarah Drew.

When you can watch: Amber Brown premieres on July 29, 2022.

Luck

What it’s about: An animated film about Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world. Suddenly finding herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around.

Important names: Stars the voices of Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Noblezada, and Simon Pegg.

When you can watch: Luck premieres August 5, 2022.

The Snoopy Show (new season 2 episodes)

What it’s about: The world’s most iconic dog is ready for his close-up. Dive into new adventures with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle, who’s joined by best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

Important names: The series is directed by Rob Boutilier.

When you can watch: The new episodes of season 2 start streaming on August 5, 2022.

Peanuts Classics

What it’s about: The Peanuts gang will also be available in classics from Mendelson/Melendez Productions including “A Charlie Brown Celebration,” “He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown,” “He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown,” “It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown,” “It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown,” “There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown,” “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?,” “You’re In Love, Charlie Brown” and “You’re The Greatest, Charlie Brown.”

Important names: These are the classic prime-time TV Peanuts specials from the 60s and 70s.

When you can watch: These classic Peanuts specials will be available to stream starting on August 5, 2022.

Five Days at Memorial

What it’s about: From the novel by Sheri Fink that documents the first five days at a New Orleans hospital after hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Important names: The series will be directed by John Ridley and star Vera Farmiga.

When you can watch: Five Days at Memorial will premiere on August 12.

Lucy’s School

What it’s about: The Peanuts gang are anxious about starting at a new school in the Fall, inspiring Lucy to start her own school instead — but teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Important names: Directed by Raymond S. Persi.

When you can watch: Lucy’s School streams on August 12, 2022.

Bad Sisters

What it’s about: A 10-episode series about the Garvey sisters, who are bound together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another. It’s a combination dark comedy and thriller.

Important names: Created by and starring Sharon Horgan, also starring Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, and Eve Hewson.

When you can watch: Bad Sisters is set to debut on August 19, 2022.

Surfside Girls

What it’s about: A live-action kids series based on the graphic novel series of the same name. Sam and Jade are psyched to spend their summer riding the waves and catching the rays. That is until they meet a ghost. The girls dive head-first into a mystery about a pirate ship and the cursed treasure that allegedly lies beneath Surfside’s beloved Danger Point bluff.

Important names: Stars Miya Cech and YaYa Gosselin.

When you can watch: Surfside Girls will premiere on August 19, 2022.

Life By Ella

What it’s about: Ella returns to school with a brand new perspective, excitement for what the future holds, and a major seize-the-day mentality. With her best friend by her side, she is ready to tackle everything she was too afraid of before and determined not to let the minutia of fake friends and social media status distract her.

Important names: Created and written by Jeff Hodsden and Tim Pollock, directed by Linda Mendoza. Starring Lily Brooks O’Briant, Artyon Celestine, and Vanessa Carrasco

When you can watch: Life by Ella starts streaming on September 2, 2022.

The Sound of 007

What it’s about: A documentary film that “will go behind the lens into the greatest movie franchise in history from the genesis of Dr. No and the iconic 007 theme song all the way to No Time To Die, mixing heartfelt interviews with incredible James Bond archive material.”

Important names: We don’t yet know the key participants in this project.

When you can watch: The Sound of 007 will release in October, 2022, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise.

Spirited

What it’s about: A musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. You know: Scrooge, three ghosts, Bah Humbug, etc…

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Important names: Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, and Ryan Reynolds star. 

When you can watch: Spirited will stream Holiday 2022.

Killers of the Flower Moon

What it’s about: Based on the book Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI. It tells the story of a series of murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s after oil was found on their land. According to Deadline, Paramount will distribute the film in theaters, while it will be an Apple TV+ streaming exclusive.

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Important names: Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the leading roles.

When you can watch: Apple still lists this movie as “Coming Soon.”

Further Out

These shows, series, and movies may or may not have been officially announced, and do not yet have definitive release dates. Some may debut in the next few months, others be more than a year away. It’s even possible that some of these projects will never be released.

Criminal Record

What it’s about: An eight-episode, one-hour series set in London. An anonymous phone call draws two brilliant detectives into a confrontation over an old murder case.

Important names: Stars Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo, directed by Jim Loach.

When you can watch: Criminal Record does not yet have a release date.

Swagger (season 2)

What it’s about: The sports drama inspired by Kevin Durant’s experiences in the world of youth basketball is back for a second season.

Important names: Stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Shinelle Azoroh, Quvenzhané Wallis, and others. The principle director and showrunner is Reggie Rock Bythewood.

When you can watch: Swagger season 2 does not yet have a release date.

Schmigadoon! (season 2)

What it’s about: The wild musical comedy love story is back for a second season. Having found true love in the town of Schmigadoon, season two of “Schmigadoon!” will find Josh and Melissa in Schmicago, the world of ’60s and ’70s musicals

Important names: Starring Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, and others. Tituss Burgess and Patrick Page join season 2.

When you can watch: Season 2 of Schmigadoon! does not yet have a release date.

Sugar

What it’s about: Not much is known about the story yet, with Apple only calling it a “genre-bending series” and Deadline describes it as a “Los Angeles-based, contemporary take on the private detective story.”

Important names: Starring Colin Farrell, directed by Fernando Meirelles, created by Mark Protosevich.

When you can watch: Sugar has no release date yet.

Untitled Formula One film starring Brad Pitt

What it’s about: We don’t know much, other than that Apple says “Brad Pitt stars as a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver against the titans of the sport.”

Important names: Brad Pitt stars, with Joseph Kosinski directing, and seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton producing.

When you can watch: The film does not yet have a release date.

Speed Racer

What it’s about: A live-action series based on the beloved Japanese animated show from the ’60s.

Important names: Will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, with Hiram Martinez and Ron Fitzgerald as writers and showrunners.

When you can watch: Speed Racer has no release date yet.

Las Azules

What it’s about: A 10-episode crime drama series set in 1970 and based on the true stories of Mexico’s first female police force.

Important names:  Fernando Rovzar and Pablo Aramendi serve as directors and showrunners. Starring Bárbara Mori.

When you can watch: Las Azules is in production but does not yet have a release date.

Eva the Owlet

What it’s about: An animated kids and family series based on the Scholastic book series “Owl Diaries” by author author Rebecca Elliott.

Important names: Features original songs by Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums. Executive produced by Iole Lucchese and Jef Kaminsky.

When you can watch: Eva the Owlet does not yet have a release date.

Michael J. Fox nonfiction film

What it’s about: A nonfiction film about the life of beloved actor and activist Michael J. Fox. It will incorporate documentary, archival, and scripted elements.

Important names: Obviously Michael J. Fox will be intimately involved. It will be directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim.

When you can watch: This film does not yet have a title or release date.

Hijack

What it’s about: A seven-part series, told in real time, about a seven-hour flight to London that is hijacked and the business negotiator who tries to save the passengers.

Important names: Stars Idris Elba, written by George Kay, and directed by Jim Field Smith.

When you can watch: Hijack has no release date yet.

Sago Mini Friends

What it’s about: An animated series for preschoolers to help teach them about gratitude. Based on characters from the Sago Mini World app.

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Important names: Executive produced by Jennifer Dodge, Ronnen Harary, Tone Thyne, and Dustin Ferrer.

When you can watch: Sago Mini Friends does not yet have a release date.

Untitled Noel Fielding comedy series

What it’s about: A comedy series about the legendary British highwayman Dick Turpin.

Important names: Stars Noel Fielding, directed by Ben Palmer.

When you can watch: This series does not have a release date yet, nor a title.

The White Darkness

What it’s about: A limited series based on David Grann’s nonfiction book about Henry Worsley, who crossed Antarctica on foot.

Important names: Tom Hiddleston stars, Soo Hugh directs.

When you can watch: The White Darkness has no release date yet.

The Big Cigar

What it’s about: A six-episode limited series that tells the story of how Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton relied on his best friend Bert Schneider, the Hollywood producer behind “Easy Rider,” to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.

Important names: Janine Sherman Barrois, Don Cheadle, Jim Hecht, and Joshuah Bearman, are on on board as producers. Don Cheadle will also direct the first two episodes. André Holland is in discussions to star.

When you can watch: The Big Cigar does not yet have a release date.

Constellation

What it’s about: A thriller about Jo, a woman who returns to Earth after a disaster in space only to discover that key pieces of her life seem to be missing.

Important names: The series will star Noomi Rapace and Jonathan Banks.

When you can watch: Constellation does not yet have a release date.

Dark Matter

What it’s about: A series based on the novel Dark Matter; an alternate-universe thriller about a man who is abducted, drugged, and wakes up in a reality in which he made different choices in the past.

Important names: The series is being adapted as a series by the author Blake Crouch and stars Joel Edgerton.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

The Beanie Bubble

What it’s about: A comedy drama about the story behind Beanie Babies, one of the hottest speculative crazes of the ’90s.

Important names: Starring Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Snook and Geraldine Viswanathan

When you can watch: The Beanie Bubble does not yet have a release date.

Raymond & Ray

What it’s about: A film about two half-brothers living in the shadow of a terrible father.

Important names: Stars Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke.

When you can watch: Raymond & Ray is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2022.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

What it’s about: A comedy/drama film based on the true story of John “Chickie” Donohue, who in 1968 left New York to track down and share a few beers with his childhood buddies now in the Army, fighting in Vietnam.

Important names: Starring  Zac Efron and Russell Crowe.

When you can watch: The Greatest Beer Run Ever will premiere in the fall of 2022.

Untitled Lewis Hamilton documentary

What it’s about: A feature documentary about the groundbreaking life and career of seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton

Important names: Directed by Matt Kay, featuring full access to Hamilton and his team.

When you can watch: This documentary does not yet have a release date.

Midnight Family

What it’s about: Apple’s first all-Spanish-language series, with an entirely Hispanic cast and crew. The story follows Marigaby Tamayo, a medical student by day who spends her nights saving lives throughout Mexico City aboard her family’s privately owned ambulance.

Important names: Stars Joaquín Cosío, Renata Vaca, Diego Calva, Yalitza Aparicio, Itzan Escamilla, and more.

When you can watch: Midnight Family has no release date yet.

Argylle

What it’s about: Follows the globe-trotting adventures of a super-spy named Argylle across the U.S., London and other exotic locations

Important names: An ensemble cast starring Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Dua Lipa and Ariana DeBose with John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson.

When you can watch: Argylle will premiere in 2023.

Metropolis

What it’s about: A drama series inspired by the classic 1927 Fritz Lang science-fiction film of the same name.

Important names: Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot, Homecoming, Gaslit) will write, direct, and serve as showrunner.

When you can watch: This series does not yet have a release date.

Benjamin Franklin biography series

What it’s about: A limited series about one of America’s founding fathers, based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.

Important names: Michael Douglass is set to star as Benjamin Franklin.

When you can watch: This series does not yet have a release date, nor a final title.

The New Look

What it’s about: A limited series that Apple describes as, “an epic thriller set against the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris when Coco Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer ends and Christian Dior rises helping return spirit and life to the world with his groundbreaking, iconic imprint of beauty and influence that will go on to define generations to come.”

Important names: Written and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Juliette Binoche.

When you can watch: The New Look does not yet have a release date.

Omnivore

What it’s about: A food documentary series that tells the story of humanity and the planet through eight defining ingredients.

Important names: Created by filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga and chef René Redzepi.

When you can watch: Omnivore does not yet have a release date.

The Dynasty

What it’s about: A 10-part documentary event series about the New England Patriots, based on the New York Times bestselling book by author Jeff Benedict.

Important names: Directed by Matthew Hamachek.

When you can watch: The Dynasty does not yet have a release date.

Presumed Innocent

What it’s about: An eight-episode limited series inspired by the Scott Turow novel of the same name. A courtroom drama that tells the story of a murder that ends up in the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own is suspected of the crime.

Important names: The showrunner is David E. Kelley, with J.J. Abrams and Dustin Thomason as executive producers.

When you can watch: Presumed Innocent has no release date yet.

Mrs. American Pie

What it’s about: A 10-episode comedy series in production at Apple Studios. Set in the early 1970s, it tells the story of Maxine Simmons as she attempts to secure her place in Palm Beach high society.

Important names: Starring Kirsten Wiig and Laura Dern.

When you can watch: Mrs. American Pie does not yet have a release date.

Sunny

What it’s about: Apple describes this 10-episodes series as a “darkly comedic half-hour drama” about Suzie, an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan. When her husband and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash, she’s given Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by her husband’s electronics company. They develop an unexpected friendship, and uncover the dark truth of what really happened to Suzie’s family.

Important names: Rashida Jones stars as Suzie, written and executive produced by Katie Robbins.

When you can watch: Sunny has no release date yet.

Untitled Godzilla and the Titans series

What it’s about: A live-action series in partnership with production company Legendary, taking place in the Monsterverse. Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.

Important names: Chris Black will server as executive producer and showrunner. The cast has not yet been revealed.

When you can watch: The Godzilla series does not yet have a release date.

Manhunt

What it’s about: A limited series true crime story about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Important names: Set to star Tobias Menzies, directed by Carl Franklin.

When you can watch: Manhunt has no release date yet.

Disclaimer

What it’s about: Based on the novel of the same name by Renee Knight. Catherine Ravenscroft is a television documentary journalist whose work has been built on revealing the concealed transgressions of long-respected institutions. A novel written by a widower has her as a key character in a story that she had hoped was long buried in the past. A story that reveals her darkest secret. A secret she thought was hers alone.

Important names: Acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón will write and direct all episodes. Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline will star.

When you can watch: This series has no release date yet.

Untitled Jon Watts / Brad Pitt / George Clooney film

What it’s about: A thriller in which two lone-wolf fixers (Pitt and Clooney) get assigned to the same job. Deadline reports that Apple outbid other major studios and distributors for the film rights. The film doesn’t have a title yet.

Important names: Written and directed by Jon Watts, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

When you can watch: This film has no release date yet.

Yo Gabba Gabba!

What it’s about: A beloved Nickelodeon series that ran for six seasons and featured live action, puppets, short sketches, and music. Apple has acquired the entire back catalog and rights to produce new episodes. So far, there are plans to produce 20 new episodes as a “a reimagining based on the heart and essence of what Yo Gabba Gabba! is.”

Important names: It’s unclear which of the original cast or crew will participate in the new episodes.

When you can watch: We don’t have word yet on when old episodes will appear on Apple TV+, nor when the new episodes will debut.

Ghosted

What it’s about: Deadline reports that this is a romantic action-adventure film, though we don’t know much more than that yet.

Important names: Ana de Armas and Chris Evans will star. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

When you can watch: Ghosted has no release date yet.

The Changeling

What it’s about: According to Apple, The Changeling is a fairytale for grown-ups. A horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Victor LaValle.

Important names: The series will star LaKeith Stanfield and be written/adapted by Kelly Marcel, who will also serve as showrunner.

When you can watch: The Changeling has no release date yet.

Bad Monkey

What it’s about: An adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel of the same name, “Bad Monkey” tells the story of Andrew Yancy, a one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, there’s a monkey.

Important names: Written and produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Ted Lasso, Cougar Town) and starring Vince Vaughn.

When you can watch: Bad Monkey has no release date yet.

City on Fire

What it’s about: Samantha Cicciaro is an NYU student that is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. As the crime is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.

Important names: Written and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

When you can watch: This series has no release date yet.

Untitled Negro League Baseball series

What it’s about: Follows the life and career of legendary pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Important names: The series is produced by Erving “Magic” Johnson, among others. It is in conjunction with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and MLB.

When you can watch: This series has no release date yet.

Liaison

What it’s about: A modern-day thriller about how our past mistakes can destroy our futures that includes action, espionage, and political intrigue.

Important names: The series will star Vincent Cassel and Eva Green, and will be directed by Stephen Hopkins.

When you can watch: Liaison does not yet have a release date.

Strange Planet

What it’s about: An animated series based on the web-based comic and graphics novels by Nathan Pyle. The comic features aliens who live lives not unlike our own, but refer to our everyday activities with usual, sometimes scientific-ish verbiage (like calling a hug “limb enclosure”).

Important names: The series is being developed in part by Dan Harmon, of Community and Rick and Morty fame.

When you can watch: The series has no release date yet.

The Big Door Prize

What it’s about: Based on the bestselling novel by M. O. Walsh. The residents of the small town Deerfield one day discover a mystery machine in their local grocery story that promises to predict one’s future potential, and craziness ensues.

Important names: David West Read, who was writer and executive producer on Schitt’s Creek, will write the adaptation and serve as showrunner.

When you can watch: The Big Door Prize does not have a release date yet.

Wool

What it’s about: Set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Based on the book trilogy by Hugh Howey.

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Important names: Starring Rebecca Ferguson, written by Graham Yost, directed by Morten Tyldum.

When you can watch: Wool has no release date yet.

Hello Tomorrow!

What it’s about: Set in a retro-future world, “Hello Tomorrow!” centers around a group of traveling salesmen hawking lunar timeshares.

Apple

Important names: Billy Crudup stars and executive produces. Jonathan Entwistle is set to direct.

When you can watch: This series has no release date yet.

Number One on the Call Sheet

What it’s about: A pair of documentary films that examine the history of black actors and actresses in Hollywood. One focuses on leading men, the other on leading women.

Important names: Producers include Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Datari Turner, Dan Cogan, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Reginald Hudlin, and Bryan Smiley.

When you can watch: These two companion films have no release date yet.

Black & Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong

What it’s about: A documentary film about the life of the pioneering jazz musician. Using a ton of never-before-seen archival footage, the film will tell the story of Armstrong’s life entirely through his own words.

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Important names: Louis Armstrong is the big name here. The film will be directed by Sacha Jenkins.

When you can watch: This film is set to release in the fall of 2022.

Untitled Chuck Barris drama

What it’s about: Gong Show host Chuck Barris famously claimed to be a secret CIA assassin in his autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into a feature film in 2002. A Deadline report says Apple is developing an hour-long drama series about Barris as both Gong Show host and CIA assassin.

Important names: Justin Timberlake is attached to star as Chuck Barris.

When you can watch: This series has no release date yet.

The Crowded Room

What it’s about: Inspired by the biography “The Minds of Billy Milligan,” this is a multi-season anthology series that Apple says will, “explore the true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled and learned to successfully live with mental illness.” This is one of a growing list of shows developed and produced by Apple Studios, Apple’s own TV and film production outfit. The first season will be 10 episodes.

Important names: The first season will star Tom Holland with Akiva Goldsman as writer and executive producer.

When you can watch: Apple has no release date for this series yet.

Lady in the Lake

What it’s about: Apple’s description of this limited series says it “takes place in ’60s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood, a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.”

Important names: It will star Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o. Directed by Alma Har’el.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

In With the Devil

What it’s about: An adaptation of the novel In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption. The six-episode limited series is told from the point of view of two prisoners who seek redemption for their wrongdoings.

Important names: Stars Ray Liotta, Taron Egerton, and Paul Walter Hauser.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

The Search for WondLa

What it’s about: Based on the children’s book by Tony DiTerlizzi, which follows the story of Eva Nine, a girl who spent most of her life living underground before being forced to flee outside and survive with a robot named Muthr, an alien named Rovander Kitt, and a water bear named Otto. Apple plans to run at least two seasons of this show.

Important names: Written and produced by Lauren Montgomery.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Spellbound

What it’s about: A musical that follows Elian, a young girl who sets out to break the spell that has divided her kingdom in two.

Important names: Directed by Vicky Jenson, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

When you can watch: Spellbound is currently expected to be released in late 2022.

Dolly

What it’s about: Deadline describes it as a “sci-fi courtroom drama in which a robotic ‘companion doll’ kills its owner and then shocks the world by claiming that she is not guilty and asking for a lawyer.”

Important names: Florence Pugh and Vanessa Taylor are attached to star and Drew Pearce will write the script.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Jane

What it’s about: A kids’ series blending live action and CGI, in which young Jane Garcia leads her friends on missions to save endangered animals. The series was produced in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute.

Important names: We don’t yet know who will star in the series. It is being produced in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Lessons in Chemistry

What it’s about: Variety reports that this will be a drama series based on the upcoming novel by Bonnie Garmus. Set in the 1960s, the story follows a woman who dreams of being a scientist in a world that demands women stay homemakers. She eventually lands a job hosting a TV cooking show and uses it as a platform to teach science to housewives.

Important names: Brie Larson will star, and Susannah Grant will write (she previously won an Academy Award for writing Erin Brockovich).

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Oprah Winfrey biography

What it’s about: Deadline reports that Apple has landed the rights to a two-part biographical documentary film about Oprah Winfrey.

Important names: Oprah, of course. Lisa Erspamer and Kevin McDonald are producing the two-part film.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Napoleon

What it’s about: According to a Deadline report, this is to be a big historical epic film about Napoleon Bonaparte. The report says production begins early in 2022.

Important names: Joaquin Phoenix is to star as Napoleon, Ridley Scott will direct.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

The Last Thing He Told Me

What it’s about: A limited series adaptation of Laura Dave’s upcoming novel of the same name, which is slated to release on May 4, 2021. It tells the tale of a woman who bonds with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while searching for the truth about why her husband has mysteriously disappeared

Important names: The series will star and be executive-produced by Julia Roberts. 

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Gutsy Women

What it’s about: A documentary series inspired by The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Chelsea and Hillary Clinton. Episodes feature biographies of trailblazing women in a variety of areas.

Important names: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton will executive produce the series with Johnny Webb and Roma Khanna.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Tetris

What it’s about: A drama about the creation, licensing, and distribution of one of the most famous and popular games of all time. 

Important names: Taron Egerton stars, with Jon S. Baird directing. The rest of the case has not yet been determined, according to Deadline.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Platonic

What it’s about: A 10-episode half-hour comedy series about former best friends who met as children and had a falling out, then reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift. Their friendship starts to destabilize their lives.

Important names: The friends are played by Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan. The series is written and directed by Nick Stoller and co-written by Francesca Delbanco.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Bride

What it’s about: Deadline reports that this is a genre-bending film about an engineered “ideal wife” who rejects her creator, escapes captivity, and discovers her true self.

Important names: The film will star Scarlett Johansson and will be directed by Sebastián Lelio.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Earthsound

What it’s about: A natural history documentary series that uses new audio technology and cinematic 360-degree audio to reveal untold nature stories from every continent.

Important names: It will be executive produced by Alex Williamson, and the series producer is Sam Hodgson.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

The Supermodels

What it’s about: A documentary series exploring the careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. Four models whose fame and prestige made them bigger names than the fashion brands and designers they showcased.

Important names: Outside of the four aforementioned models, the series is directed by Barbara Kopple, who has two academy awards.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

High Desert

What it’s about: A half-hour comedy about a former addict in Yucca Valley, CA, who makes a new start after the death of her mother, deciding to become a private investigator.

Important names: The first episode will be directed by Ben Stiller (who also produces) and the series will star Patricia Arquette.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

My Kind of Country

What it’s about: A music competition series that Apple describes as having a, “fresh, new documentary sensibility. The hybrid series will break down cultural and musical barriers in the country music space, inviting innovative musicians to unleash their authentic voices and take center stage.”

Important names: Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director of the series. We don’t know know who the host(s) will be or the contestants.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Untitled Idris Elba spy thriller

What it’s about: According to Variety, this is to be a “spy movie with romance set in Africa” but little else is known about the nascent project. The report says it’s early in production. 

Important names: The film will star Idris Elba and is produced by Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Echo 3

What it’s about: An adaptation of the Isreali show When Heroes Fly. The Hollywood Reporter says that the 10-episode series will center around a young American scientist that goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border. Her brother and her husband struggle set out in search of her and discover more than they expected. The series features both English and Spanish language dialogue.

Important names: The showrunners will be Mark Boal and Jason Horwitch. The cast includes Luke Evans and Michiel Huisman.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Snow Blind

What it’s about: When a high school student in a small Alaskan town posts a photo of his dad online, and discovers that his family is in the Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge soon finds them, the FBI shows up…but what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?

Important names: Jake Gyllenhaal is set to start with Gustav Möller directing.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Emancipation

What it’s about: Will Smith plays Peter, a runaway slave in Louisiana who has to evade capture as he makes his way to the North, where he joins the Union Army. 

Important names: The film stars Will Smith and is directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script by William N Collage.

When you can watch: Emancipation is now set to release in 2023.

Hedy Lamarr series

What it’s about: According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s an eight-episode series about the 1930s and 40s actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (whose frequency-hopping radio technology is still the basis for many modern wireless communications).

Important names: Gal Gadot is set to star as Lamarr, with a script written by Sarah Treem.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Where the Wild Things Are

What it’s about: Apple has struck an overall deal with The Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce shows or series based on the author’s works for children. The most famous of these, by far, is Where the Wild Things Are.

Important names: Apple is working with longtime Sendak collaborator Arthur Yorinks and his production studio Night Kitchen Studios.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Custom of the Country

What it’s about: A limited-series adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country. The novel, published in the early 20th century, is about a midwestern girl who climbs the ladder of New York high society.

Important names: The big one is Sofia Coppola, who is developing the series for Apple. No word yet on whether she will direct it.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Extrapolations

What it’s about: A limited series anthology about climate change. It follows a group of interconnected human tales to show how every aspect of our world is going to be changing in the near future.

Important names: The show is expected to be produced by Scott Z. Burns, the writer and director of documentary hits An Inconvenient Truth and The Report

When you can watch: No release date yet.

El Gato Negro

What it’s about: Based on Richard Dominguez’s comic book about an aging luchador who teams up with his grandson to use the El Gato Negro persona to fight crime in South Texas.

Important names: Robert Rodriguez will direct and produce, while Diego Boneta will star and also produce.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Masters of the Air

What it’s about: A limited series about the bombers of World War II. It is something of a follow-up to the hit HBO series Band of Brothers. Nearly all of the content on Apple TV+, while original and exclusive, is produced by outside production companies and studios. But according to Variety, Apple is also building its own internal studio, named Masters, and this is its first project.

Important names: It will be written by one of Band of Brothers writers, John Orloff, with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks once again on as executive producers. Several other producers and alumni of Band of Brothers will be involved with the project, too.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Sharper

What it’s about: Tells the story of a con artist among the billionaire elites of Manhattan.

Important names: Julianne Moore will star and produce. Jon Lithgow, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, and Briana Middleton also star.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Brie Larson CIA biography series

What it’s about: A report in Variety says that Apple has made a direct-to-series order for a new drama based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox. Fox has a hot novel named Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA that released in October 2019. 

Important names: Brie Larson will star and executive produce the series.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

What it’s about: A report from Variety says that Apple has made a direct-to-series order of My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. The limited series, based on the Amy Silverstein memoir about a woman awaiting heart surgery and the women who supported her, will star Jennifer Garner and be executive produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot production company.

Important names: J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner are working together again for the first time since the show Alias.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Losing Earth

What it’s about: This summer, The New York Times Magazine published an epic feature titled, “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.” At over 30,000 words, it took up an entire issue of the magazine and earned critical acclaim. It focused on how, from 1979 to 1989, a small team of scientists, activists, and politicians tried to stop climate change while there was still time. 

We don’t know the format the show will take, but The New York Times specifically calls it a “series.” Based on the source material, it seems like a single-season limited series makes the most sense.

Important names: The article’s author, Nathaniel Rich, will serve as executive producer together with Anonymous Content founder and CEO Steve Golin.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Time Bandits

What it’s about: Terry Gilliam’s time-traveling adventure comedy Time Bandits may make its way to the small screen in a TV series. Deadline reports that Apple is buying up the rights to make a TV show of the cult classic film.

The film, about a young boy who gets caught up with a troupe of thieves as they hop across history to steal treasure, ever on the run from the “supreme being” from whom they’ve stolen their time map, is good fodder for a TV show. But the film has a dedicated cult following who will place high demands on maintaining the film’s heart and quirky sense of British humor.

Important names: Terry Gilliam will have an executive producer role, but will not write for the show. A report in Variety says that the series will be directed by Taika Waititi, whose quirky film What We Do in the Shadows earned him a cult following, and who earned huge international acclaim for his direction of Thor: Rangrarok and Jojo Rabbit

When you can watch: No release date yet.

Shantaram

What it’s about: The hit novel Shantaram has a somewhat tumultuous history in Hollywood. According to Variety, the book was first to be developed as a film, with Johnny Depp having acquired the book rights and Warner Bros. producing with Joel Edgerton in the starring role. Then, the plans were scrapped and the rights auctioned off, with Anonymous Content and Paramount Television winning the rights to Shantaram and its sequel novel The Mountain Shadow.

Gregory David Roberts’ novel tells the story of Lin, an escaped convict from a maximum security Australian prison. On the run and cut off from friends and family, he disappears into the Bombay underground in India.

Important names: Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International) will write and executive produce the series. According to a report from Variety, the lead character will be payed by Charlie Hunnam, who is known for his work on Sons of Anarchy and for starring in Pacific Rim.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

You Think It, I’ll Say It

What it’s about:  According to Variety, Apple has ordered a 10-episode, half-hour run of a new comedy variety show. The show is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s collection of short stories You Think It, I’ll Say It.

Important names: SNL alum Kristen Wiig was set to star, but pulled out citing scheduling conflicts with Wonder Woman 1984. The show is created and produced by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock, About a Boy).

When you can watch: This project does not yet have a title or release date.

Damien Chazelle drama series

What it’s about: According to Variety, Apple has gone straight-to-series (ordered a whole season of a series without first shooting a pilot) on a drama by Damien Chazelle. Chazelle is the acclaimed writer and director of La La Land and Whiplash, and is currently working on a Neil Armstrong biopic called First Man.

No details have been given about the series at all, except that Chazelle will write and direct every episode. We don’t know the subject matter, the stars, the length of each episode…really nothing at all. 

Important names: Chazelle is the acclaimed writer and director of La La Land and Whiplash, and is currently working on a Neil Armstrong biopic called First Man.

When you can watch: No release date yet.

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