11:27am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Richard Gere to Star in Apple Drama From Howard Gordon
Richard Gere is heading to Apple.
The Pretty Woman grad is near a deal to star in an untitled drama based on the Israeli series Bastards, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The eight-episode project hails from writer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) and his Fox 21 TV Studios-based Teakwood Lane Productions banner.
The story revolves around two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today's self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events. The drama is based on the Israeli cable network HOT series Nevelot (which translates to Bastards), which was created by Dror Sabo, Daphna Levin and Lee Yardeni and was based on Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same name.
Gordon will serve as showrunner alongside Warren Leight (Law & Order: SVU, NBC's upcoming Law & Order: Hate Crimes). Both will executive produce alongside Gere, Sabo, Yardeni, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott, Yoram Mokady and Mirit Toovi. The project hails from Fox 21, Teakwood Lane and Keshet Studios.
The Apple series marks the latest TV foray for Gere, who is making his first major small-screen appearance in the BBC's MotherFatherSon.
For Gordon, the new project comes as Showtime's Homeland — which also was based on an Israeli series — is poised to end its run with its seventh and final season in 2019.
For Apple, the drama joins a rapidly growing roster of content that includes the Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama, the anthology Amazing Stories, the animated comedy Central Park, the Chris Evans limited series Defending Jacob and more.
WME brokered the deal on behalf of Keshet, Gordon, Gere and Leight.