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J.J. Abrams declined nearly $ 1 billion deal with Apple; first image of “Servant” appears

Less than two months to go press of Apple TV + and, of course, the news about the streaming from Ma don't stop coming. Today we have three updates and let's get right to them!


The series of M. Night Shyamalan (?The Sixth Sense?) for Apple TV + finally got its name: it's called Servant, and already have a page of her own on the Ma website in addition to a referenced image published by Entertainment Weekly.

In the picture, the character of Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) looks scared at a cradle, while the protagonist, played by Toby Kebbell (?Fantastic Four?), is concerned. The series, which also stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Nell Tiger Free ("Game of Thrones"), has the following synopsis published by Apple:

From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant portrays a bereaved Philadelphia couple after a terrible tragedy creates isolation in their relationship and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

From the description, it looks like we'll have another typical mystery Shyamalanian or at least we hope so. Apple has not yet given a debut date for Servant, but EW stated that the series arrive platform in December.


Meanwhile, the Variety reported that Apple has acquired the global distribution rights to the documentary Dads, directed by the actress Bryce Dallas Howard and recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF).

Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas HowardRon and Bryce Dallas Howard

Described as a ?joyful celebration of contemporary parenting,? the documentary features Bryce and his father, the filmmaker. Ron Howard, as well as testimonials from several other anonymous and famous parents such as Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris and more talking about their experiences, difficulties and joys.

According to the report, Apple is exploring the possibility of a limited debut of Dads in theaters while making the documentary available on its platform is a strategy already adopted by competitors such as Netflix and Amazon, which give more prestige to productions and allow them to compete for awards such as the Oscars. There is no information on when that will be, however.

J.J. Abrams

Finally, more details emerged about the decision of the filmmaker and producer. J.J. Abrams, which, as we have already commented, turned down a nearly $ 1 billion exclusive deal offered by Apple, its producer Bad robot, and preferred to close a more modest ($ 250 million) partnership with WarnerMedia.

J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams

According to Hollywood ReporterAbrams's reasons are simple: He didn't want to be stuck exclusively with Apple, preferring to keep selling Bad Robot movies and series to other buyers if he wished. Abrams, as is well known, has good relations with various stadiums: he is the main creative mind of the current trilogy of "Star Wars", at Disney, and has directed several films at Paramount.

According to the report, Apple was willing to offer Bad Robot an exclusive contract ranging between $ 750 million and $ 1 billion. Abrams, however, would have been disappointed by the March presentation of Apple TV +, and declined the offer, but was later denied by sources close to the producer and Apple.

O Hollywood Reporter He also said that Abrams had doubts about Ma's strategy to release movies at the cinema, of course, which she has not done yet and shows no signs of doing at some point. After all, Abrams is still closed to produce the series. ?My Glory Was I Had Such Friends? and ?Lisey?s Story?. with the company.