The legendary Ronald D. Moore, the man behind one of the best sci-fi series ever written for TV – the reimagining 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. Fargo producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi are also onboard and it’s being produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tall Ship Productions.
The win for Apple comes largely thanks to their hiring of former Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who joined the company back in June. Erliht 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 $1billion 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.
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