Apple’s Simon Kinberg/David Weil Series’ Showrunner Chad Feehan Exits As Creators Step Up Involvement


EXCLUSIVE: Chad Feehan has departed Apple’s upcoming sci-fi drama series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil after a stint as showrunner.

Feehan was brought in out of necessity. Apple picked up the untitled Kinberg/Weil character-driven genre drama — sometime referred to as War of the Worlds project because an early incarnation of the project’s parallels to HG Wells’ classic — based on two scripts and a bible written by the duo.

But a long-gestation series project, The Hunt, which Wail had created, got a green light at Amazon with Al Pacino starring. It had Weil in first position, so he was not available to be a day-to-day showrunner on the Apple series.

With a tight schedule for rolling out new series by Apple, Feehan, whose past credits include Banshee and Ray Donovan, was hired as executive producer/showrunner to generate scripts, overseeing a small writers room comprised by part-time writers.

I hear Kinberg, who also signed a development deal with Apple, was supposed to direct the pilot episode and to be creatively involved in the series, including being present in the writers room. But his high-profile spy thriller feature, 355, starring Jessica Chastain, was cleared for production and he headed overseas to direct the film from a script he had co-written. I hear he departed a month or so before filming on the Apple series was slated to begin, pulling out from directing the pilot, which was helmed by Jakob Verbruggen, and setting back the production schedule.

I hear 4-6 scripts were written by Feehan with contribution from staff writers, which were then sent to Weil and Kinberg for notes.

I hear Weil and Kinberg had issues with some of the elements in the finished scripts. Meanwhile both became more available, with production  on the first season of The Hunt wrapping and filming on 355 also winding down.

Weil and Kinberg are expected to write the final episodes of the first season and also rework the ones penned by Feehan who was subsequently settled out of his deal.

The Kinberg/Weil series is produced by Platform One. Genre Films’ President of TV Audrey Chon serves as an executive producer alongside Kinberg and Weil.

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