Fans were dismayed when GLOW was surprisingly cancelled by Netflix last October, despite having previously been renewed for a fourth season. Luckily, star Alison Brie and creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are determined to work on another project together, and Apple have been happy to snap it up.
The trio will collaborate on Roar, a feminist anthology series containing a darkly comic collection of eight, 30 minute genre-bending episodes told from a uniquely female point-of-view. Roar will draw its narrative material from Cecilia Ahern‘s book of short stories, and will also feature Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, and Merritt Weaver.
Roar will be the first series to emerge from Flahive and Mensch’s overall deal with Apple.
Although plot details are sparse, Ahern’s book of thirty stories contains titles such as The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared, The Woman Who Was Kept On The Shelf, and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband, which gives you an idea of the sort of tone Flahive and Mensch’s show will be aiming for.
If Roar can achieve similar acclaim GLOW achieved, Apple will be very happy, and probably won’t make the same cancellation mistake Netflix made.
Other Apple projects in the works right now include supernatural tale The Essex Serpent starring Claire Danes, mystery The Last Thing He Told Me with Julia Roberts, and Rose Byrne‘s 80s-centric aerobics comedy, Physical.
The nascent streaming service also got a huge boost at the weekend when Jason Sudeikis won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the titular character in Ted Lasso. Whether Apple TV+ ever becomes a true Netflix competitor remains up in the air, but expect it to be around for the foreseeable future, especially with talented creators like Flahive and Mensch on board.