Apple is adding a highly anticipated climate change drama series to a burgeoning roster of original television content that may one day rival Netflix.
Apple reportedly fought off aggressive competition to produce a TV series based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Sunday Magazine story entitled “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.”
The company Anonymous Content will produce the series about a group of scientists, activist, and politicians who try to stop climate change over a 10-year-period, according to a story published today by The Hollywood Reporter.
Rich has expanded the story into a book set to publish next year. His story takes place between 1979 and 1989, a decade when climate science gave humanity a clear picture of the damages of global warming, the story said.
Rich’s piece took up an entire edition of the Sunday magazine this past Aug. 1.
Apple’s new TV executive team continues to ramp up scripted original programming as it spends a $1 billion budget for creators and programming.
“Losing Earth” is the latest in a recent series of big programming announcements by Apple for shows that include a reboot of “Amazing Stories,” two high-profile comedies starring Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Wiig, A drama about an investigative podcast team with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and Pachinko, a series based on a book about a Korean family by Min Jin Lee that was a National Book Award finalist.