The coveted young director and Oscar winner Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”, “Whiplash”) will develop an untitled series for the technology giant Apple and also direct all episodes.
Collider’s US colleagues call it a “mysterious project” because nothing is known yet about the plot, title or episode number of the upcoming exclusive series that Apple has announced (via the New York Times). But one thing is for sure: “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, the recent winner of the director-of-the-scene Oscar of all time, will write the screenplays and direct each episode of the upcoming series. Thus, the project, which is also pending release date, will become a Damien Chazelle series through and through.
For young director Chazelle, this will be his second foray into serial production and he will sit on the director’s chair for two episodes of the Netflix musical series “The Eddy”. The eight-part show is set in contemporary Paris, it’s about a club whose owners and the house band, filmed alongside English in French and Arabic. Also for this series is currently no publication date known.
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Several US papers such as Variety note that Chazelle will be involved in the upcoming, still untitled Apple project in much larger scale than “The Eddy”. Because in the latter series, Chazelle directed only in the first two episodes. The still untitled, now newly announced series at Apple Video is just one of the projects currently under development. “Big Little Lies” star and producer Reese Witherspoon is currently working on three series for the technology group. In an untitled series, Kristen Wiig takes over the lead role. “Are You Sleeping” features Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) as the protagonist. And another yet untitled series featuring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston as actresses will be the production of a morning newscast. From the Aniston Witherspoon series Apple ordered the first two seasons.
Apple’s streaming business, according to the Wall Street Journal 2018, will total $ 1 billion for in-house content. With this huge sum to successfully enter the competitive market, currently dominated by Netflix and Amazon Video.
Director Chazelle is currently in the thick of the production of his fourth feature film: In the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man”, “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling takes on the lead role of the first man on the moon. “First Man” will be released on October 11, 2018, one day before the US start, in German cinemas.