Apple has given a 10-episode series order to Are You Sleeping, a thriller drama starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) that hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.
Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, originally had been put in development at Apple’s video programming unit. It is the first project bought by Apple to be developed for straight-to-series consideration to get a green light.
Are You Sleeping provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Sarah Koenig, host, creator and producer of the true-crime podcast phenomenon Serial, whose breakout success helped fuel that obsession, will consult on the series.
Are You Sleeping is executive produced by Spencer via her Orit Entertainment, Tramble, who serves as showrunner, as well as Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment.
Are You Sleeping marks the third Apple series for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, joining the morning-show drama executive produced by and starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, which has a two-season order, and a comedy toplined by Kristen Wiig.
Apple’s other upcoming series include an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle series, world-building drama See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, as well as an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller.
Following her Oscar-winning performance in The Help and Oscar-nominated turn in Hidden Figures, Spencer recently was seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water.
Hello Sunshine is reppted by CAA and Hansen Jacobson, Spencer is repped by WME, and Tramble Spellman is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment.