Apple Studios has signed a full and exclusive deal with novelist, screenwriter and showrunner Dennis Lehane, best known for writing titles such as Mystic River and Shutter Island. Lehane’s deal with his production company, Hans Bubby, follows his Globe-winning series “Black Bird,” a prison drama that Lehane helped create.
As part of the deal, Lehane will exclusively develop and produce a slate of original series for Apple TV+. The deal also gives Apple a first look at digital capabilities.
Apple TV+ will develop Lehane’s highly anticipated new novel, Small Mercy, into a drama series executive produced by Bradley Thomas, Callie Anthoris and Richard Plepler. Slated for release on April 25, 2023, Small Mercies: A Novel explores all things revenge, familial love, hatred, and cunning power against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent episodes in Boston history. is billed as a narrative that consumes The book has been hailed as “thought-provoking,” “engaging,” and a “startling thriller.”
Small Mercies, recently acquired by Apple in aggressive preemptive negotiations, is Lehane’s first novel in six years. During the long, hot summer of 1974, when the city of Boston attempted to desegregate its public schools, the “Southie” housing project was set up. This decision led to a violent conflict. “Small Her Mercy’s” centers on single mother Mary Her Pat Her Fennessy as she tries to confront powerful local authorities to find out what happened to her missing teenage daughter. I am drawing.
Lehane’s next project is ‘Firebug’, with Hans Bubby partnering with much of the same producing team behind Black Bird. Taron Egerton through EDEN Productions where he starred alongside Richard Plepler and serves as executive producer. So are Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin by Imperative Entertainment. Written by Lehane and inspired by real events, “Firebug” follows a troubled detective and a mysterious arson investigator (played by Egerton) on the trail of two serial arsonists.
Lehane has published 12 novels, 4 of which have been made into films. The fifth, “Drop,” began as a Lehain short story adapted by the author into a film with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in the final roles. Lehane was a staff his writer on the HBO series ‘The Wire’ and also worked as a writer and producer on HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’. He is represented by his Echo Lake Entertainment, CAA and Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs, Fox’s Jason Hendler.