Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator
Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of "Battlestar Galactica," will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
The untitled show is created and written by Moore, and imagines a world in which the space race never ended, according to Deadline. It boasts "Fargo" producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, and comes from Sony Pictures Television and Tall Ship Productions.
The win for Apple comes thanks to their hiring of former Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who joined the company back in June. Erlicht and Van Amburg were responsible for programming like "Breaking Bad" and "The Goldbergs," but also had a previous relationship with Moore, working with him on shows like Starz's "Outlander and Amazon's upcoming "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams."
Apple is allegedly planning to spend beyond a previously-reported $1 billion budget on original video, and Erlicht and Van Amburg are said to be tasked with securing "around a dozen" original TV shows.
The new show from Moore marks the third in production at Apple. The first is a reboot of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" anthology, while the second is a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Apple Worldwide Video is based in the company's Culver City office located near Sony Pictures and the La Cienega Expo facility that Apple is rumored to be leasing for video production. Culver City is south of Hollywood, between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles.