Richard Gere Drama Series ‘Bastards’ Scrapped by Apple

Adaptation of Israeli show “Nevelot” was first announced back in December

Last Updated: September 3, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Richard Gere drama series “Bastards” has been scrapped by Apple TV+, a person with knowledge of the plans confirmed for TheWrap.

Written by Howard Gordon and executive produced by Warren Leight, the planned adaptation of Israeli drama “Nevelot” followed two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events.

Gere was attached to star in and executive produce the eight-episode series alongside Gordon, Leight, original series creator Dror Sabo, Lee Yardeni, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott, Yoram Mokady and Mirit Toovi.

Based on the novel from Yoram Kaniuk, the original 2012 series was created by Dror Sabo with Daphna Levin and Lee Yardeni and produced for the Israeli cable network HOT. This latest adaptation hailed from Fox 21 Television Studios, Keshet Studios and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions.

Apple’s ad-free streaming video on-demand (SVOD) service Apple TV+ will debut soon. We expect to learn more details — including its price — at an Apple event set for Sept. 10.

THR first reported Tuesday’s news of the series being scrapped by Apple.