Apple TV+ is reportedly working on a new series based on the 1988 black comedy movie “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” that launched Pedro Almodovar’s career.
- Apple’s bought the rights to develop a TV series based on Almodovar’s 1988 film
- The Apple TV+ series should be bilingual, using a mixture of English and Spanish
- It also has a star attached to it, Gina Rodriquez, who will portray the lead role
An Apple TV+ comedy series based on Almodovar’s 1988 film?
The Hollywood Reporter claims Apple has purchased the rights to turn Almodovar’s comedy about voice actors who dub foreign films into a new series for its Apple TV+ video service. It hasn’t been decided yet if the project will start.
There are currently no timeframes or premiere dates associated with it. the Cupertino giant moves at its own leisurely pace and we have no doubt in our mind that Apple TV+ will shoot this series eventually. After all, the streamer did attach a star to the project—actress Gina Rodriquez who played the lead role in “Jane the Virgin”.
The as-of-yet-unnamed series will be executive produced by Almodovar’s El Deseo company. The Canadian and American branches of Lionsgate Television will lead the production. Read: How to continue watching Apple TV+ from one device to another
AppleInsider cautions this:
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” is not to be confused with the UK’s House Productions series “Women on the Verge.” That 2018 series was also based on an original called “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” but a memoir of Dublin life, not Almodovar’s Spanish tale.
Writer Noelle Valdivia (“Masters of Sex,” “Mozart in the Jungle”) has been tasked with writing the script for the series. She will also work as a showrunner for the series.
Apple TV+ is picking up pace
The Cupertino-based streamer is working on many other projects and has ramped up production significantly over the past few months. A film adaption of the novel “The Sky Is Everywhere” is arriving on Apple TV+ on February 11. Earlier that month, a new Apple TV+ drama series, titled “Suspicion”, will premiere on the video platform. “WeCrashed,” a limited series based on the rise and fall of WeWork, is also coming soon.
With 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards right around the corner, Apple TV+ has earned nine nominations for awards. Five Apple Original Films were nominated and three series.
This isn’t the first time the NAACP Image Awards have looked in Apple’s direction, either. The film “The Banker,” starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, earned an award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture last year.