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After much talk about its purported $15 million per-episode budget, Apple finally shared the first trailer for its original sci-fi fantasy drama ‘See’. Introduced onstage by Tim Cook at the company’s special September event at the Steve Jobs Theatre, the two minute teaser sets up the show with stunning visuals and an intriguing high-concept plot.

The Francis Lawrence directed project – shot in British Columbia – is set in a dystopian future where sight is nothing more than a fable after survivors emerge blind following a virus they believe to be part punishment from God.

“In the far future, a virus has decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it’s witchcraft and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard also stars as Paris, Baba Voss’ spiritual leader.”

’See’ will be available through the Apple TV app when Apple TV+ launches in over 100 countries on November 1st.

The Apple original – which has been rated for mature audiences – will premier its first three episodes at launch with the remaining seven episodes releasing to subscribers on a weekly basis.

Apple TV+ will cost $4.99 per month following a seven day free trial with eligible iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV purchases including one full year of complimentary service upon activation.

‘See’ is the sixth Apple TV+ trailer to release having been viewed over 2 million views on YouTube alone in less than 24 hours since its debut.

 
 

Following yesterdays industry screening at TIFF, Variety reports that Apple have acquired the rights to documentary ‘Dads’ for its upcoming streaming service. The documentary sees actress Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut with Bryce Dallas Howard’s father, Ron Howard handling producer duties.

In partnership with the Promundo Institute – the documentary explores contemporary fatherhood through testimonies and wisdom from famous funny men including Judd Apatow, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, and more. ‘Dads’ combines those antidotes with portraits of non-celebrity dads from around the world – including Brazil, Japan and the United States.

Apple’s acquisition of ‘Dads’ is part of its deal with Imagine Documentaries. The partnership will see Imagine Documentaries films premier on Apple TV+ alongside limited theatrical runs.

Attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival will have further opportunities to see the documentary this week. Further screenings for the Apple original documentary are set for Sat 7th at 12:30pm and Fri Sep 13th at 9:45am.

After the September 6th screening of ‘Dads’ during TIFF, Bryce Dallas Howard took part in a short Q&A which is detailed after the jump.

 
 

In the lead up to the launch of its upcoming streaming service, Apple continue to secure high-profile content deals for Apple TV+. Variety report the latest deal to be inked will see Gordon-Levitt write, star, direct and executive produce a teacher dramedy given the tentative title ‘Mr. Corman’.

The project sees Gordon-Levitt’s first regular role in a scripted television series since leaving hit show ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ in 2001. Not much is yet known about the Apple original which centres around ‘Mr. Corman’, an elementary school teacher in the San Fernando Valley coming to grips with adulthood.

The project is yet another A24 project in production for Apple, this time in-conjunction with Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord.

Apple TV+ will reportedly launch this November with more details expected to be unveiled by the company at its special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 10th.

 
 

With the launch of Apple TV+ creeping ever nearer, Apple have chosen the past few Monday mornings to give us a taste of what to expect later this year when the subscription service launches. Today, the company published a new trailer for ‘Dickinson’; a new 30 minute comedy series starring Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen, Spider-Man: Into the Universe, Pitch Perfect 3) as the eponymous poet Emily Dickinson.

Created by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom) – the trailer takes on a very different tone compared to what we’ve seen so far from Apple TV+. Soundtracked by 2015’s “I Like Tuh” by Carnage feat. iLoveMakonnen, the short teaser offers a very different perspective on the shy, reclusive Dickinson we had previously grown to know. Instead we are introduced to a horn throwing, rock-n-rolling, rebellious, spunky young lady ready for domestic war (and possibly the circus). 

This interpretation of the late great American poet depicts a popularised recent theory by scholars, following the discovery that Dickinsons first posthumous editor – Mabel Loomis Todd – did everything to cover up her secret life long love affair with future sister-in-law Susan Gilbert.

Also starring Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Toby Huss (King of the Hill) and Ella Hunt (Anna and the Apocalypse), Dickinson will be part of the launch lineup for Apple TV+ when the service goes live later in the year. You can watch the debut trailer below:

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Apple have published the first official trailer for ‘The Morning Show’. In addition to stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell; the original drama series will co- star Billy Cudrup and Mark Duplus.

In the full trailer Anistons character declares a “new era” is set to begin at the morning show after imparting “sad and upsetting” news to viewers about her fired co-anchor played by Steve Carell following allegations made against him.

Carrels character isn’t the only one to be affected by the news, with Anistons character declared to be past her “sell-by -date” with a hungry field reporter played by Reese Witherspoon, thrown into the deep end as the show-within-a-show’s power dynamics begin to shift.

Apple shared more about what we can expect from the Apple TV+ original:

What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest?The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.

The Morning Show stars Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston and Golden Globe winner Steve Carell in a high-stakes drama that pulls back the curtain on the morning news.

As a fan of political dramas including Aaron Sorkin’s hit HBO drama series – The Newsroom –  I’m pleasantly surprised by the tone of the first trailer. Judging by the early response, Apple are onto a hit with the show set for two seasons comprising of ten episodes.

Apple TV+ is set to launch this Autumn via the Apple TV app. Subscribers will be able to access Apples original content across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and a selection of Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

Watch the official trailer for The Morning Show below:

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Shantaram – the best selling epic novel from Gregory David Roberts – will be adapted to the screen by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content in a ten episode original series for Apple TV+ with shooting beginning this October in Victoria, Australia; as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The first Apple TV+ original to be shot in Australia will also be the first foray into television for Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth). Kurzel will direct the first four episodes to set-up the Eric Warren Singer scripted series.

Shantaram, is a fictionalised account of author David Roberts life. It tells the story of Lin, a gifted student and writer who turns to heroine after the breakup of his marriage. Lin goes on the run after escaping Melbourne’s infamous maximum security Pentridge Prison in 1980 after a failed bank robbery leads to his incarceration. The coming-of-age story sees Lin set up a medical clinic as way of giving back to the slums of Mumbai and later sees him aid freedom fighters in opposition to the Russians in Afghanistan.

The rights to Shantaram were acquired last year from Johnny Depp by Paramount following numerous failed attempts to adapt the story to the big screen. Gregory David Roberts best seller has been translated to 39 languages and has sold more than 6 million copies since its initial release in 2003.

Shantaram is yet another example of the calibre of original programming we can expect from Apple as it builds its content portfolio for Apple TV+. The subscription service is expected to launch in the Autumn.