Apple has secured the rights to a new scripted anthology series about climate change called Extrapolations.
According to trade publication Variety, the series will reveal the “intimate, unanticipated stories of how the upcoming changes to our planet will affect love, faith, work and family on a personal and human scale.”
The series is created by Scott Z. Burns, a screenwriter, producer and director who wrote The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion. He also produced the Academy Award-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Burns said he wants to tell some of the human stories behind climate change. “Most of the storytelling around climate change has focused on the science and getting people to accept it,” he told Variety. “Our aim with Extrapolations is to move beyond science and use drama, comedy, mystery and every other genre to allow us to consider how every aspect of our world is going to be changing in the years ahead. We know the climate is going to change. Extrapolations asks, can we change, too?”
Extrapolations will feature 10 episodes, telling an interconnected story. It’s not yet clear when it will debut on Apple TV+.
What Apple TV+ series does this remind us of?
This is not the first climate-related project to make it to Apple TV+. (And, no, I’m not talking about the post-apocalyptic series See.) For this year’s Earth Day, Apple debuted an animated short movie titled Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. The film featured voice talents including Meryl Streep and Chris O’Dowd.
The series this sounds most reminiscent of, however, is Little America. In its 30-minute episodes, that anthology series tells the scripted (but inspired by real life) stories of immigrants in America. The standalone episodes follow the people as they negotiate the complexities and challenges of American culture. The results make it one of the best shows to debut on Apple TV+ so far. If Extrapolations can capture some of that insightful magic, and apply it to climate change, this could be a great addition to Apple’s growing streaming service.