After picking up a list of original TV shows and possibly its first feature, Apple is now looking towards short-form content
Apple has been busy acquiring and developing a slate of original content for its rumored streaming service. Included in that slate is a drama from Oscar winner Damian Chazelle, a morning-show drama from Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon, a thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan, a drama based on the life of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, and a cartoon series from Loren Bouchard, the creator of the popular animated comedy “Bob’s Burgers. The tech giant is even reportedly close to closing a deal for its first feature from Cartoon Saloon. Adding to that growing line up, Apple has given a straight to series order for an English adaptation of the French short-form series “Calls.”
The tech giant has also acquired the rights to the first season of the French original as part of the deal. A CANAL+ original series, “Calls” is developed and produced under the network’s Creation Originale banner. The project, which was created by Timothée Hochet, is described as taking storytelling innovation to the next level, allowing audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals. The new iteration will be co-produced by CANAL+.
This is the second international production to come from Apple head of international Morgan Wandell, who moved to the company in October after leaving Amazon Studios. The streamer’s other international drama, written by Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee Eric Warren Singer, is “Shantaram,” which tells the story of Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay.