Apple picks up Reese Witherspoon thriller starring Octavia Spencer

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

As first reported by Deadline, Hello Sunshine is coproducing with the new scripted studio venture of Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage.

Apple has also snapped up a yet-to-be-named space drama created by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore, and a revival of 1985 Steven Spielberg sci-fi series Amazing Stories. The series is based on Kathleen Barber's true crime novel. The book follows the life of Josie, a woman that has tried to move on from her father's murder 13 years prior, but who is forced back into the limelight when a Serial-esque true crime podcast about the crime calls into question the guilt of the boy convicted of the crime.

Are You Sleeping marks the second project Apple has commissioned from Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, joining the morning show drama executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Aniston, which has received a two-season order.

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The Hollywood Reporter announced Wednesday that Witherspoon's series Are You Sleeping has been picked up by Apple and is set to star Oscar victor Octavia Spencer.

Spencer, repped by WME, is now onscreen in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. She is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.

Apple is adding another TV project to its upcoming slate: Are You Sleeping, a crime show based on America's love affair with true crime podcasts (which are, ultimately, all Apple's fault).

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