Rumors swirled late last year that Apple was exploring the possibility of creating its own original programming, possibly to spearhead its streaming TV ambitions. Now, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter claims Apple's first original content is already filming and it stars one of the company's most notable faces.
The six-episode series is said to star Beats co-founder and rap mogul Dr. Dre. Dubbed Vital Signs, the rapper (real name Andre Romelle Young) is also executive producing the show alongside producers Aaron Ginsburg and William Green with Paul Hunter at the helm. Dre has experience as an executive producer, putting out last year's hit Straight Outta Compton which grossed $200 million worldwide.
Vital Signs is described as a semi-autobiographical dark drama. Each episode will reportedly focus on a different emotion and how his character deals with it.
Sources say the series will have no shortage of violence and sex. Filming earlier this week reportedly featured an extended orgy scene with multiple nude extras taking part in simulated sex acts inside a mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
Interestingly enough, the show will be distributed via Apple Music, the Cupertino-based company's subscription-based streaming music service. It's unclear if Apple will simultaneously (or at a later date) put the series on Apple TV or iTunes. As is now common with such original content, the entire season will be released all at once.
No timetable was provided for the show's release although Apple is said to be bullish on the project.
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