Robert Downey Jr., Team Downey Set Apple Drama Series (EXCLUSIF)

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Apple gave the series a direct commission for a drama that came from Adam Perlman as well as Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s production company Team Downey.The Downeys and Amanda Burrell will executive produce for Team Downey, with Robert potentially playing a supporting role as well. Perlman will serve as writer and executive producer. Michael Lista will be the co-executive producer.

The series is based on Lista’s Toronto Life article “The Sting”. It follows a frustrated Canadian detective who takes on a cold, decades-old case in the hopes of winning a confession and becoming a hero. The affair quickly spirals out of control as the undercover cop attempts an elaborate sting, adding cops playing the game, tax resources, and an unexpected friendship with the particular target.

The show marks the latest Team Downey TV project. The company is currently producing the HBO drama “Perry Mason,” which was recently renewed for a second season. They are also producing the upcoming Netflix series “Sweet Tooth,” which was serialized earlier this year. A two-time Oscar nominee, Robert is best known for being the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his role as Tony Stark, appearing in the “Iron Man” franchise and many other MCU films. If he signs up for a role on the show, it would mark his first regular TV role in 20 years. Susan is a renowned producer whose past credits include “The Brave One”, “Gothika”, “House of Wax”.

Team Downey and Downey Jr. are replaced by WME and Hansen Jacobson.

Perlman was more recently a writer on “Billions”, on which he eventually reached the rank of executive producer. His other credits include “The Good Wife” and “The Newsroom”. He is also developing the Sports Illustrated article “This Hockey Mogul Was 17. Do you have a problem with that? ” in the “The Trashers” feature.

He is replaced by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen. Lista is replaced by Gersh and Goldenberg Nahmias LLP.

Those of Team Downey are the latest high profile designers to go into business with Apple. The tech giant’s streaming arm has previously aired shows with numerous A-listers, including fellow MCU alumnus Chris Evans in “Defending Jacob.” Others include Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in “The Morning Show”, Hailee Steinfeld in “Dickinson” and Jason Momoa in “See”. Apple is also developing a number of other high-profile projects, including a Hedy Lamarr series with Gal Gadot.

(Pictured: Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr.)



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