Apple has given a series order for 10 episodes of “Are You Sleeping,” a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer expected to debut on its subscription services. Apple is set to roll with the TV adaptation of the Kathleen Barber novel of the same name.
“Are You Sleeping” is a true crime drama which has been described as a psychological thriller with a particular focus on podcasts devoted to unsolved or wrongful convictions. Sarah Koenig — the creator of “Serial” one similar show that ran on the similar lines— is believed to be serving a consulting role.
Apple is working on similar huge TV projects as well. Such as adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” books and a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories. Although the popular TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” and “The Walking Dead,” is giving them revenue, Apple is going for the newer entrants in the race.
According to the show-business publication, the series will examine the nation’s obsession which takes them closer to the real crime stories and the recent boom in the country regarding podcasts dedicated to probing unsolved and disputed cases.
“Are You Sleeping” was written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“The Good Wife”) who will serve as showrunner. The series will be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content. “Are you sleeping” is the latest TV series order by Apple Worldwide Video, which is apparently armed with a budget of $1 billion.
The first batch of shows should premiere in 2019. It’s not yet clear, though, how they’ll be distributed. Rather than force people to sign up for Apple Music, as with “Carpool Karaoke” and “Planet of the Apes,” one rumor has suggested that Apple will make the shows available to anyone with a compatible Apple device — possibly via the “TV” app on iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.