Apple TV+ has announced an order for a new event series on the life of Benjamin Franklin. The new series is based on the book by Stacy Schiff “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America”, written by Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer Kirk Ellis and directed by Tim Van Patten, an Emmy and DGA Award-winner.
Co-produced by ITV Studios America and Apple Studios, the new limited event series is executive produced by Tim Van Patten, Michael Douglas, Tony Krantz through Flame Ventures, Mark Mostyn, and Richard Plepler through EDEN productions.
Apple TV+’s new drama series will tell the story of one of Benjamin Franklin’s greatest gambles career that
The upcoming Apple TV+ series will start Emmy and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin to tell the remarkable story of the greatest gamble of his career to convince France to support democracy in America and outsmart the world leaders of the 18th century.
The drama will explore the thrilling story of one of the greatest gambles of Benjamin Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy.
By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of l783. The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without which America would not have won the Revolution.
Apple TV+ is gradually expanding its library with new content. The Studios has also ordered a new drama series “The New Look” depicting the rise of renowned fashion designer Christian Dior to take over the Paris fashion world from Coco Chanel; a dark comedy series “Sunny” starring Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones; “Omnivore” docuseries by renowned filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga and chef René Redzepi; and “Mrs. American Pie,” a comedy series by Abe Sylvia and directed by Tate Taylor.
Reportedly, Apple Studios is also in talks with MLB to broadcast games of this season.