Dennis Lehane Signs Master Agreement With Apple TV+ (EXCLUSIVE)

Apple Studios has entered into an exclusive general agreement with Dennis Lehane, the novelist, screenwriter and showrunner best known for penning such works as “Mystic River” and “Shutter Island.” The deal with Lehane and his production company, Hans Bubby, comes on the heels of the Golden Globe-winning series “Black Bird,” a prison drama Lehane helped create.

As part of the deal, Lehane will exclusively develop and produce a slate of original series for Apple TV+. The pact also gives Apple a first look at digital features.

Apple TV+ is set to develop Lehane’s highly anticipated upcoming novel “Small Mercies” as a drama series to be created and produced by Lehane, with Bradley Thomas, Kary Antholis and Richard Plepler serving as executive producers. Scheduled for release on April 25, 2023, “Small Mercies: A Novel” bills itself as an absorbing tale of revenge, familial love, bitter hatred, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston history. The book has been hailed as “thought-provoking,” “engaging,” and an “amazing thriller.”

Small Mercies, which Apple recently acquired in an aggressive pre-trial deal, is Lehane’s first novel in six years. It is set in the “Southie” housing projects during the long, hot summer of 1974 when the city of Boston attempted to desegregate its public schools, a decision that led to violent conflict. “Small Mercies” centers on Mary Pat Fennessey, a single mother willing to take on local power moguls to find out what happened to her missing teenage daughter.

The next project on Lehane’s slate is “Firebug,” with Hans Bubby associated with much of the same production team behind Black Bird. Taron Egerton stars in and executive produces alongside Richard Plepler through EDEN Productions; as well as Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin through Imperative Entertainment. Written by Lehane and inspired by true events, “Firebug” will follow a troubled detective and an enigmatic arson investigator (played by Egerton) as they follow the trails of two serial arsonists.

Lehane has published twelve novels, four of which have been made into films. A fifth, “The Drop,” began as a Lehane short story adapted by the author into a film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his final role. Lehane was a staff writer on the HBO series “The Wire” and also worked as a writer and producer on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” He is represented by Echo Lake Entertainment, CAA, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency! and Jason Hendler at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs, and Fox.

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