Apple has scored the scripted drama thriller series “Are You Sleeping” which has Oscar winner Octavia Spencer attached in the lead role.
Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“The Good Wife,” “Justified”) created the work based on a true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber and it’s now in development at Apple’s video programming unit headed by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.
The project provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.
Chernin Entertainment, Endeavor Content, and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production companies will produce. Sarah Koenig, host and creator of “Serial,” is on board to consult on the series.
This marks the fourth series in the works from Apple alongside a morning show drama starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the “Amazing Stories” reboot from Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller, and a new space drama from “Battlestar Galactica” and “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore.