Apple Inks Deal for 'Large Budget, Ambitious' Sci-Fi Series From Simon Kinberg, Known for 'X-Men' Movies

Apple has inked a deal for a 10 episode season for an as-of-yet untitled science fiction series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil, reports Deadline.

Simon Kinberg is known primarily for his work on the "X-Men" series, as well as movies like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Jumper," "Chappie," "The Fantastic Four," and "The Martian."

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David Weil is known for "The Hunt," an upcoming TV show about a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s.

Kinberg, Weil, and Genre Films President of TV Audrey Chon will serve as executive producers on the show, which is said to be a large budget, ambitious, character driven show.

No additional details are available about the series, with specific information being kept under wraps. The show is set to go into production this summer, and it will join more than a dozen other television shows that Apple has in the works.

Apple is developing several science fiction shows, including "Amazing Stories," from Steven Spielberg, an untitled space drama developed by Ronald D. Moore, "See," an futuristic world-building drama starring Jason Momoa, and a TV series adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels.

Apple is expected to debut the first of its TV shows as part of an upcoming streaming series that is set to be announced in 2019.

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21 months ago
Apple should stick with the what made them famous, making computers, better than anyone else.
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21 months ago
This is why Apple sucks. They are involved in too many things that have nothing to do with their core strengths. I don't need yet another subscription service for new content, I need a service that lets me easily view the content I already enjoy from the major networks. For that I have Playstation Vue. I already have Netflix and Hulu.

Apple, please get back to releasing revolutionary kick-ass computing products and knock it off with these services. You suck at services, isn't that plainly obvious? (Hint to Cook: fire Eddie Cue, he's a moron).
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21 months ago

I always hear about how Apple has a new deal for so many shows over the last year, but besides MacRumours, I never hear about these shows again.

Where are the shows even shown?

They're all for Apple's TV streaming service which is coming in 2019.

You got to read the articles. They usually give you some info which says something along the lines of :

Apple is expected to debut the first of its TV shows as part of an upcoming streaming series that is set to be announced in 2019..

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21 months ago
Wow, they are investing a lot in this area. What worries me is the fact that I will probably have to put another point to the list of features that are not available in my country (for example subtitles), at least for the first 5-6 years or so:
- no siri in a local language (google recently added support for the Polish language for its google assistant),
- no other siri functions (sports, restaurants, movies, etc.),
- no predictive input in quicktype keyboard,
- no multilingual typing,
- no person to person payments,
- no transit info in maps,
- no nearby function in maps,
- no speed limits in maps,
- no flyover in maps,
- no indoor functions in maps,
- no ECG at Apple Watch,
- no cellular version of Apple Watch supported,
- no stainless steel versions of Apple Watch available,
- no HomePods,
- no apple tv app,
- no news app.

This is so irritating... and I'm quite sure that I forgot about some of them (it's quite difficult to remember them when they are not available). I really wish Apple focused on fixing those gaps first...
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21 months ago
I always hear about how Apple has a new deal for so many shows over the last year, but besides MacRumours, I never hear about these shows again.

Where are the shows even shown?
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21 months ago
Can someone explain what Apple’s role here is besides being a piggy bank? Besides they have a crap ton of money they need to find something to do with so decided to spend some of it on content? Is their anything we’re learning about this endeavor that indicates it will be differentiated from Amazon, Netflix, HBO etc.? Seems to me there’s a limit to the number of subscriptions people will chose and if they already have Netflix are they going to fork over another $15/mo for Apple’s service?

I’m a little surprised there hasn’t been more discussion around does it even make sense for Apple to become a media company (and no reselling content available elsewhere doesn’t make one a media company). It’s just assumed because Cook is pushing this “services” narrative that this makes sense but I’m not convinced.
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