Apple TV+ has made a number of announcements this week, including the racing series Ferrari, docuseries Gutsy, as well as first looks at Five Days at Memorial and Amber Brown. Most of the photos you’ll see below are from Amber Brown, which released images from all its episodes.
Apple TV+ has announced a straight-to-series order for the electrifying new drama series Ferrari, inspired by the bestselling book Ferrari Rex by Luca Dal Monte, named by The New York Times as “the definitive biography” on race car driver and visionary entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari.
Created and written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (See, Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders), Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Suburra, A.C.A.B.) directs the series currently in pre-production in Rome, Italy.
Five years. Five drivers. Five deaths. One trial. In the name of passion, in the pursuit of pure speed. At the center of it all was a titanic man, complex and multifaceted, who dedicated his genius to the mission of building the fastest racing car in history. Enzo Ferrari: his name became a boast, an aspiration, and ultimately a legend.
But there was a trail of tragedy and torment along the way. Between 1956 and 1961, deeply wounded by the tragic death of his firstborn son Dino and by what he considered a betrayal by his lead driver Juan Manuel Fangio, Enzo Ferrari rebuilt his racing team from scratch, selecting five promising rising stars of motor racing to fight for victory.
“I am thrilled to be telling such an evocative story about this legendary man and his iconic brand,” said creator, writer, and executive producer Steven Knight. “Enzo Ferrari’s utterly extraordinary life was defined by his dramatic personal and professional journey, and ‘Ferrari’ is a celebration of an incredibly complex and fascinating human being.”
“As an Italian, I feel honored to get to tell this story of Enzo Ferrari, a shining example of Italian excellence,” said director and executive producer Stefano Sollima.
“Through his relationship with Ferrari Spring Team, the five drivers Enzo ‘adopted’ in his Scuderia after the loss of his firstborn son, we will explore the unique qualities, the great genius, and the dark obsession that turned this man into a legend.”
Ferrari is directed by Stefano Sollima and is produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle Company (The Young Pope, My Brilliant Friend, We Are Who We Are), in co-production with Nicola Giuliano for Indigo Film (The Great Beauty, Youth) and Fremantle.
The executive producers are Lorenzo Mieli, Nicola Giuliano, Steven Knight, Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Hand of God, The Great Beauty, Youth, The Young Pope), Giulio Marantonio (Kicks), Lorenzo De Maio (Without Blood) and Stefano Sollima. Ferrari Rex author Luca Dal Monte serves as a historical consultant for the series.
Apple TV+ also announced that Gutsy, the eight-part documentary event following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the gutsy women who inspire them, will premiere on September 9.
Based on the Clintons’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, The Book of Gutsy Women, the docuseries features Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders, and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.
The series shows Hillary and Chelsea as you’ve never seen them before, revealing their special mother-daughter bond and the unique, multi-generational way they approach the important and timely issues highlighted in each episode.
Joining the Clintons are some of their personal heroes, extraordinary, courageous, and resilient women who have made an impact in their community and on the world, including Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.
Produced for Apple by HiddenLight Productions in association with Left/Right LLC, Gusty is executive produced by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, alongside Johnny Webb, Siobhan Sinnerton, Roma Khanna, Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Anna Chai, who also serves as showrunner.
The producers are Kevin Vargas and Claire Featherstone, and the consulting producers are Huma Abedin and Bari Lurie.
Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for Five Days at Memorial, a powerful new limited series based on actual events and adapted from the book of the same name. The series comes from Academy Award winner John Ridley and Emmy Award winner Carlton Cuse, who both also serve as directors, and stars an award-winning ensemble cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr., and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones.
Five Days at Memorial chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed, and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.
Five Days at Memorial will premiere globally on Apple TV+, with the first three episodes on August 12, 2022, followed by one new episode every Friday through September 16.
In addition to Farmiga, Smith Jr. and Jones, the limited series stars Robert Pine (CHiPs), Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul, Preacher), Adepero Oduye (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Pariah), Molly Hager (Happyish, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Michael Gaston (Blindspot, The Leftovers) and W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Preacher).
Five Days at Memorial is executive produced and written by Cuse and Ridley, the series is directed by Cuse, Ridley and Wendey Stanzler (For All Mankind, Dispatches From Elsewhere).
The series hails from ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios.
And last but not least, Apple TV+ revealed the trailer for the new kids and family series Amber Brown, premiering Friday, July 29.
From Emmy Award-nominated writer and director Bonnie Hunt and based on the bestselling book series by Paula Danziger, with over 10 million copies in print, Amber Brown is an unfiltered look at a girl finding her voice through art and music in the wake of her parent’s divorce.
Directed and written by Hunt (Life with Bonnie, Return to Me), the 10-episode, live-action series stars Carsyn Rose (The Rookie, Cousins for Life), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Cruel Summer) with an ensemble cast including Darin Brooks (Blue Mountain State, The Croods: Family Tree) as Max, Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother, The Jim Gaffigan Show) as Pam, Michael Yo (Kevin Can Wait) as Philip and newcomer Liliana Inouye (The Slows) as Brandi Colwin.
In addition to Hunt, executive producers are Emmy Award-nominated Bob Higgins (A Tale Dark and Grimm, The Who Was? Show) and Canadian Screen Award-nominated Jon Rutherford (A Tale Dark and Grimm, Daniel Spellbound). Amber Brown is produced by the award-winning Boat Rocker Studios.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.