Gal Gadot’s Hedy Lamarr series is moving from Showtime over to Apple, which gave it a straight-to-series order.
The eight-episode limited series will be written and executive produced by Sarah Treem and Gadot, along with “Handmaid’s Tale” producer Warren Littlefield and Gadot’s husband and producing partner, Jaron Varsano. The project hails from Endeavor Content.
Lamarr was born in Austria and went on to become one of the most famous silver screen stars of the ’40s. She also had an unsung side-gig as an inventor, working alongside composer George Antheil early in World War II on a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes that is now considered an important precursor to bluetooth and wifi technology.
According to Apple, the series will follow the incredible life-story of Hollywood glamour girl, spanning 30 years from Hedy’s daring escape from pre-war Vienna; to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood; to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War. An epic tale of an immigrant woman both ahead of her time and very much victim to it.
Adam Haggiag and Alexandra Dean will serve as co-producers, with Hedy Lamarr’s children Anthony Loder and Denise Deluca consulting on the series.
Gadot can next be seen in “Wonder Women 1984,” the follow up to her 2017 hit “Wonder Woman.” The DC Comics film is tentatively scheduled for an August release date.
17 TV Shows Based on Podcasts Ranked, From 'Homecoming' to '2 Dope Queens' (Photos)
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A growing number of TV shows have been inspired by audio hits
"Homecoming" is back and "Dirty John" will be returning for its second season on June 2. Here are other TV shows based on successful podcasts, with their Metacritic ranking (as of June 22, 2021).<strong>"Up and Vanished" (2018 - ) </strong>Metacritic score: n/aPayne Lindsey's true-crime podcast first became a successful two-part special on Oxygen, exploring the disappearance of Georgia schoolteacher Tara Grinstead. And then it became a series, with Payne and his team exploring a new cold case in each episode.<strong>Song Exploder (2020 - )</strong>Metacritic score: n/aBased on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, the Netflix docu-series takes a look at how the world's greatest musicians have created their songs, while exploring their various creative processes and inspirations.<strong>Slow Burn (2020 - )</strong>Metacritic score: n/aThe true-crime podcast hosted by Leon Neyfakh is now a docuseries on EPIX. Similar to the podcast, Neyfakh dissects historical figures and events and outlines how the lesser-known subplots behind the stories have changed history.<strong>Equinox (2020 - )</strong>Metacritic score: n/aBased on the Danish podcast "Equinox 1985," this Netflix thriller follows a young woman investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a group of kids, one of whom was her sister.<strong>"Alex Inc." (2018)</strong>Metacritic score: 49Zach Braff plays a journalist who quits his job to start his own podcast business -- in a short-lived ABC sitcom very loosely based on Alex Blumberg's "StartUp" podcast about the founding of his own Gimlet Media podcast network.<strong>"StarTalk" (2015 - ) </strong>Metacritic score: 55Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson adapted his hit podcast into a long-running talk show on NatGeo, with a wide variety of guests beyond the science (and even sci-fi) field.<strong>"Dirty John" (2018 - ) </strong>Metacritic score: 58Connie Britton and Eric Bana starred in the first season of this true-crime anthology series based on the Wondery podcast about love gone wrong. The second season starred an ill-fated coupled played by Amanda Peet and Christian Slater.<strong>"Lore" (2017-18) </strong>Metacritic score: 60Aaron Mahnke's podcast exploring the true histories behind horror legends like werewolves and vampires inspired an anthology series that blended dramatic scenes, animation and narration and ran for two seasons on Amazon.<strong>"Limetown" (2019)</strong>Metacritic score: 62Jessica Biel starred in this Facebook Watch series that told the fictional story of the disappearance of 300 people at a Tennessee neuroscience facility. However, the show failed to capture the creepy immersiveness of the original podcast and lasted only one season.<strong>"The Ricky Gervais Show" (2010-12)<br /> </strong>Metacritic score: 62The creator of "The Office" adapted his radio show (with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington) into a podcast, and then into an animated HBO series that made its potty-humor jokes literal.<strong>"Comedy Bang! Bang!" (2012-16)</strong>Metacritic score: 64Scott Aukerman adapted his comedy podcast into a parody talk show that ran for five seasons on IFC.<strong>The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)</strong>Metacritic score: 66The four-part HBO documentary series follows the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old high school student Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, which was a case that was covered in the investigative journalism podcast "Serial."<strong>"Maron" (2013-16)</strong>Metacritic score: 71The sitcom, which was based on the comedian's podcast, stars Marc Maron as a fictionalized version of himself, as he navigates life, trying to balance all his relationships.<strong>"Desus & Mero" (2019 - )</strong>Metacritic score: 78Bronx natives Desus Nice and The Kid Mero star in Showtime's first ever talk show, which was adapted from their comedy entertainment podcast "Desus vs. Mero."<strong>"Homecoming" (2018 - ) </strong>Metacritic score: 83Julia Roberts starred in the first season of this show, based on Gimlet's fictional podcast about a secret government program to transition U.S. war veterans back to civilian life.<strong>"2 Dope Queens" (2018 - )<br /> </strong>Metacritic score: 87"Daily Show" alum Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson adapted their hit comedy podcast into an HBO series that hits a broad range of topics.<br /><br />