Apple today announced the company has ordered Amber Brown, based on the best-selling books, and unveiled the trailer and release date for animated short, Blush.
From creator Bonnie Hunt, Amber Brown will be based on the book series by Paula Danziger (buy at Amazon). Hunt (Life with Bonnie, The Bonnie Hunt Show) will write, direct, executive produce and serve as showrunner.
Amber Brown is an unfiltered look at a girl finding her own voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce. The series will star Carsyn Rose (The Rookie, Cousins for Life) as Amber Brown, an everykid who is going through what many children experience, and making sense of her new family dynamic through her sketches and video diary.
Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Cruel Summer) stars as Amber’s mother Sarah Brown. The ensemble cast cast also includes Darin Brooks (Blue Mountain State, The Croods: Family Tree) as Max, and newcomer Liliana Inouye (The Slows) as Brandi Colwin.
Danziger’s award-winning and popular middle grade book series has been published in 53 countries with over 10 million copies in print, and have been praised for capturing the kid experience in a funny, relatable voice.
Amber Brown is produced for Apple by Boat Rocker. Bob Higgins (Dino Ranch, A Tale Dark and Grimm, The Who Was? Show) and Jon Rutherford (A Tale Dark and Grimm, Daniel Spellbound, Dino Ranch) are executive producing for Boat Rocker.
Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation also unveiled the trailer for Blush, which will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on October 1, 2021
Blush follows the journey of a stranded horticulturist-astronaut’s chances for survival after he crash lands on a desolate dwarf planet. When an ethereal visitor arrives, the once-lone traveler discovers the joy in building a new life and realizes the universe has delivered astonishing salvation.
Blush was written and directed by Joe Mateo. The producers are Heather Schmidt and Feng Yanu, and the executive producer is John Lasseter.
The short is part of the expanding lineup of Apple Original Films, including Finch, the latest film starring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, premiering November 5; Emancipation from director Antoine Fuqua and starring and produced by Academy Award nominee Will Smith; Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro; and the upcoming Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris’-starred Swan Song.