All the Drama Behind Apple Canceling Its Straight-to-Series Deal for Drama Starring Richard Gere From Howard Gordon (‘24,’ ‘Homeland’)

Sep 3, 2019  •  Post A Comment

In a development that The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed calls Apple’s first “bad apple,” the company has decided not to move forward with “Bastards,” starring Richard Gere. The eight-episode dark drama series is based on the Israeli drama.

“Picked up straight to series late last year, Gere was set to star as one of two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car,” THR reports. “Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials and the duo then go on a shooting spree.”

THR adds: “Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Apple originally landed ‘Bastards’ in a competitive situation with multiple other outlets bidding for the package from WME….Gordon and Warren Leight (‘Law & Order: SVU’) were poised to co-write the series and serve as showrunners.”

THR continues, “Gordon and Leight collaborated on two scripts and, sources say, were met with notes from Apple about the show’s tone of vigilante justice. Sources say Gordon did not want to focus on the larger metaphor of friendship between the two vets and wanted to focus on the darker elements of the series….”

For more about the drama behind the drama’s demise, please click here, which will take you to the original, exclusive THR story.


  1. I don’t know how Apple will compete if everything they develop has to be politically correct.

    • I don’t think Apple understands that the essence of drama (be it literary, TV, movies, etc.) lies in conflict.

    • Apple will soon find out Woke TV is BAD TV.

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