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Published on January 4th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple lands murder mystery series starring Octavia Spencer

Apple is developing a new original drama series entitled “Are you Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine and Chernin Ent/Endeavor Content.

The series is based on Kathleen Barber’s novel of the same name, which gives a glimpse into the obsession with true crime podcasts and “challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.”

“Are You Sleeping” is the second project Apple has teamed with Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine on so far. Apple is also working with Witherspoon on an as of yet untitled “morning show drama” that will take a look into the “cutthroat world” of morning TV.

In October 2017 Apple struck a deal with entertainment producer Steven Spielberg for the return of the 1980s science fiction and horror anthology series “Amazing Stories.

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