9:48am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Big Sick' Writers Plot Immigration Anthology Series for Apple
Apple continues to bolster its impressive scripted development pipeline.
The tech giant is teaming with the Oscar-nominated screenwriters behind The Big Sick as well as producers from Master of None and SMILF to develop Little America, an immigration-themed anthology series.
The half-hour anthology series will be written and exec produced by Lee Eisenberg (The Office, SMILF) and The Big Sick duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Alan Yang, who co-created Netflix's Master of None, will also exec produce the comedy. The potential series hails from Universal Television, where Yang is under an overall deal. Should it move forward, Eisenberg would serve as showrunner.
Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine. It is described as a funny, romantic, heartfelt and inspiring look beyond the headlines at the lives of immigrants in America at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.
Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will exec produce for Epic Magazine alongside co-EP Arthur Spector.
Little America joins a scripted slate at Apple that includes Damien Chazelle's untitled drama, Kristin Wiig's untitled comedy, Octavia Spencer starrer Are You Sleeping, a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a Ron Moore space drama, Steven Knight's See and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories anthology, the latter of which parted ways with showrunner Bryan Fuller and exec producer Hart Hanson this week.
Deadline first reported news of Little America.