Apple has reportedly scored rights to turn “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,” an interactive feature that filled an entire recent issue of The New York Times Magazine, into a nonfiction TV show about climate change.
At least a half-dozen bidders sought to acquire the project.
The New York Times newspaper reported Tuesday that Apple has confirmed buying TV rights. Jordan Cohen, a spokesman for the paper, said in a prepared statement that “Losing Earth” is “an extremely important piece of journalism and we are thrilled it will get a wider audience.”
Produced by Anonymous Content, the series will be based on the 30,000-word “Losing Earth” novelistic article by author Nathaniel Rich who will serve as an executive producer on the show with Steve Golin, who is the Oscar-winning founder of “Anonymous”.
Rich’s story covered the events from 1979 to 1989 when “humanity settled the science of climate change and came surprisingly close to finding a solution”. Produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center, it was based on more than 18 months of reporting and over 100 interviews.
“The ‘Losing Earth’ article recounted how, from 1979 to 1989, a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians tried to save the world from the ravages of climate change before it was too late,” said the paper.
“Losing Earth” will be also the subject of an upcoming book, due next year.
Be sure to check out “Losing Earth” over at the New York Times Magazine.