Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has acquired the next big TV project to “hit the marketplace” by creator Vince Gilligan known for the popular series Breaking Bad and Call Saul. Currently, untitled, the new series will be a blended, grounded genre drama and Apple TV+ has signed its two-season straight-to-series order.
Gilligan will be the new series showrunner and executive producer, along with former Sony Pictures TV president Jeff Frost, and Diane Mercer. It is hailed from Sony Picture Television and will be produced by Jenn Carroll High Bridge, Gilligan’s production house.
Apple TV+ won the bid for Vince Gilligan’s high-end premium drama with a $13.5 million-$15 million an episode budget
According to the report, up to 9 networks had the lineup to hear and read the script of Gilligan’s new drama series and participated in a multiple-round bidding contest to acquire it.
However, it was Apple TV+ Studio that landed the high-end premium drama with a budget of $13.5 million-$15 million per episode.
Apple TV+, which showed great enthusiasm for the project and pursued it aggressively, had been considered a strong contender from the start because of toppers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht’s longstanding relationship with Gilligan.
As Sony Pictures Television presidents, Van Amburg and Erlicht spearheaded and sold both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. At Apple TV+, Gilligan also will reunite with former SPT Studios co-president Chris Parnell, now a senior TV programming executive at the streamer. (Other outlets that I hear were in contention for the series included Amazon and Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul network AMC.)
Although nothing is known about the plot of the upcoming series, it is certain that “Better Call Saul” star Rhea Seehorn will feature as the lead in it. It will be her second collaboration with Gilligan.
“After 15 years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes… and who’s more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn? It’s long past time she had her own show, and I feel lucky to get to work on it with her,” said Gilligan.
“And what nice symmetry to be reunited with Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht and Chris Parnell! Jamie and Zack were the first two people to say yes to Breaking Bad all those years ago. They’ve built a great team at Apple, and my wonderful, longtime partners at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to be in business with them.”
I am OVER THE MOON excited about this!!!!
Words cannot express.
My heart is exploding! https://t.co/rnqGSO1AvU
— Rhea Seehorn (@rheaseehorn) September 22, 2022