Apple Orders TV Drama Created by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle


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Apple has ordered a straight-to-series TV drama created by filmmaker Damien Chazelle, known for award-winning films La La Land and Whiplash.

While Chazelle will reportedly write and direct every episode of the new TV series, other details about the show — like its plot and cast — are being kept secret for now, according to a Thursday story by Variety.

Chazelle will also serve as executive producer of the show, along with Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger — also known for their work on La La Land.

La La Land is, of course, Chazelle’s most recent and arguably his best-known work. It won six Academy Awards last year, including winning Best Director for Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone, and also broke records when it received seven Golden Globe Awards. Chazelle’s previous film, Whiplash, also earned a slew of awards, including five Academy Award nominations and three wins.

The Apple TV Series is also Chazelle’s second foray into TV. He recently signed on to direct several episodes for an upcoming Netflix original musical drama called The Eddy. Other than that, Chazelle is working on a Neil Armstrong biopic titled First Man that will star Ryan Gosling.

But Chazelle is only the latest high-profile name to be added to the growing stable of Apple’s original TV content.

Earlier this month, Apple landed a 10-episode comedy series starring Saturday Night Live alumni and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig. Just in January, in fact, the Cupertino tech giant also ordered a true crime series starring Hidden Figures’ Octavia Spencer and a sci-fi drama from the director of The Hunger Games.

Other Apple shows on the docket include an untitled morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Amazing Stories, and a documentary series focused on amazing houses called Home.

All of these are obvious indications of Apple’s aggressive expansionism into the original content market. But the appearance of many high-profile names and all-star talent speaks to the company’s larger ambitions to create a variety of high-quality, prestige TV content.

At this point, it’s currently unknown how Apple will distribute its original content — although it stands to reason that it could debut the shows on Apple Music or iTunes.

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