×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Richard Gere Drama Series ‘Bastards’ Not Moving Forward at Apple

Apple will not proceed with the Richard Gere-led drama series “Bastards,” Variety has confirmed.

The project was ordered straight-to-series last year and was based on the Israeli series “Nevelot.” Gere was set to star in one of the two lead roles, with Howard Gordon and Warren Leight set to write and serve as showrunners.

Gere would have starred as one of two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved fifty years ago is killed by a car. According to sources, creative differences between Apple, Gordon, and Leight led to the nascent streamer releasing the project and paying out a large financial penalty to the producers.

Apple had previously scrapped the scripted project “Vital Signs” from Dr. Dre, but that was prior to the arrival of current worldwide video heads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. There is still no official launch date for the Apple streaming service, which has been dubbed Apple TV Plus, though it is thought to be launching sometime this fall.

The tech giant has begun releasing teasers and trailers for what is expected to be its initial programming slate, including “The Morning Show” starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and “Dickinson” starring Hailee Steinfeld.

More TV

  • StarGirl

    DC Universe Series 'Stargirl' to Air Episodes on CW Day After Streaming Debut

    The CW and DC Universe are teaming up for the upcoming live-action series “Stargirl.” The CW will broadcast each episode of the series the day after its debut on the streaming service, with new episodes dropping weekly. In addition, every episode will be available to stream on The CW’s digital platforms following the linear broadcast. [...]

  • Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford to Star in 'The Staircase' Series Adaptation for Annapurna TV (EXCLUSIVE)

    Harrison Ford could soon be taking on the first regular television role of his career. Variety has learned exclusively from sources that the iconic movie star is attached to star in a series adaptation of “The Staircase,” the docuseries that detailed the trial of American novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife [...]

  • Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg. Democratic presidential

    MSNBC Democratic Debate Captured 6.5 Million Viewers

    MSNBC’s Wednesday-night broadcast of the latest Democratic debate won outsized plaudits from media critics, but its viewership does not appear to have reached similar heights. According to data measured by Nielsen, the cable-news outlet’s telecast captured just 6.5 million viewers overall and a little more than 1.67 million among viewers between 25 and 54, the [...]

  • Jenna Coleman The Cry

    How the 2019 Intl Emmy Nominees Reflect Increasing Globalization of Content

    As the champagne flows at the Ronny Chieng-hosted Intl. Emmys gala ceremony in New York Nov. 25, the picture of television is changing. The globalization of content means streamers are increasingly looking to local production, allowing more people to come to the party. Used to be that noms were made up of “a lot from [...]

  • Scholastic Will Develop Three Movies for

    Scholastic Will Develop Three Movies for Hallmark Channel

     Scholastic Entertainment is developing three movies for cable’s Hallmark Channel, based on some of its popular books, the latest effort by the company known for its publications aimed at younger readers to broaden its purview. Scholastic plans to adapt  “The Angel Tree” by Daphne Benedis-Grab; “You’re Bacon Me Crazy!” by Suzanne Nelson; and “Playing Cupid” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content