Apple has landed its second international project.
Weeks after acquiring the rights to Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram for an international drama series, the tech giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an English adaptation of the French short-form series Calls. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the first season of the French original.
Calls is a CanalPlus original series developed and produced under the network’s Creation Originale label. Created by Timothee Hochet, it’s described as a project that takes storytelling innovation to the next level, allowing audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals. The new iteration will be co-produced by CanalPlus.
Calls marks the second international production to come from Apple head of international Morgan Wandell, who moved to the company in October after serving in a similar role at Amazon Studios. The streamer’s other international drama, Shantaram, is being written by Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle).
Get a sense of the original French Calls series below.