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Published on December 6th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Apple maybe not so keen on just ‘family-friendly’ TV content in persuit of edgy Israeli drama

Apple may be taking its first steps to move away from the family friendly content that it was originally reported to be focusing on, with a new report from CNBC indicating the company is now in a bidding war to acquire the mini-series drama Bastards based on the Israeli version, Nevelot. 

The show would become Apple’s Breaking Bad as Hollywood insiders are calling it, focusing on two disgruntled Vietnam veterans who don’t believe today’s servicemen understand the sacrifices of past generations. 

The original storyline follows two elderly Palmach vets (the underground Jewish army during the British Mandate) who set out on a killing spree in Tel Aviv. It is not known if the new storyline will stick to the script which was originally under development at HBO in 2015 focusing on two Vietnam veterans who go on a vigilante spree in Miami.

Apple is said to be in a bidding war with Showtime, FX, and Amazon for the show.

While the deal is not yet finalized, Richard Gere (shown above) is reportedly in talks to star in the series, which would be co-produced with 21st Century Fox. 

Howard Gordon, known for his work on 24 and Homeland and Warren Leight, who worked on Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, are lined up as show-runners who would oversee reformatting for the American market. 

While a violent show as this might run in opposition to Apple’s usually conservative standards based on recent reports that Apple didn’t want shows that include “violence, politics or rude language,” multiple sources who have spoken to Apple’s execs have said that this is simply not the case, and Apple does, in fact, consider TV-MA content fair game.

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