Apple TV+ have announced that they’ve given a series order to Sugar, a detective series from Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend) that has already secured Colin Farrell in the lead role.
Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) is attached to direct, with Simon Kinberg, Audrey Chon, Scott Greenberg, and Chip Vucelich executive producing.
Plot details are sparse at the moment, but the show is being described as a contemporary, genre-bending private detective series set in Los Angeles. Farrell has some experience in that world, having played a similar role in the second season of True Detective. But that turned out to be arguably the poorest season of that series. Hopefully Sugar can be a lot better.
This is the second streaming series Farrell has signed on for in recent months, as he’ll also reprise his role as Oswald Cobblepot – aka The Penguin – from Matt Reeves‘ The Batman in the Penguin-centric spinoff for HBO. Sugar is also the second show that Kinberg has developed at Apple via his Genre Films banner, as sci-fi series Invasion recently secured a season season.
We’ll see Farrell reunite with his In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths director Martin McDonagh later this year when he stars in The Banshees of Inisherin, while he’s also got Ron Howard‘s Thailand cave rescue drama Thirteen Lives lined up.
Apple are having a good year thanks to indie drama CODA winning the Oscar for Best Picture and seeing the debut of acclaimed shows such as Severence.
Sundance hit Cha Cha Real Smooth hits the streamer next Friday, while Black Bird, a serial killer miniseries developed by Dennis Lehane and starring Taron Egerton, is set to premiere on Friday, July 8.