Apple is jumping head first into the content creation business. According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is bankrolling a new scripted TV series starring Dr. Dre.
The six-episode series is apparently named “Vital Signs.” Its will more than likely be distributed in some way through Apple Music. Here’s more from the report:
Those who have seen descriptions of the Dr. Dre show say it is billed as semi-autobiographical, with each episode focusing on a different emotion and how Dre’s character deals with it. Sources say that Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae (Murder in the First) are among the additional cast.
While technically a half-hour, the show is not a comedy. Instead, it is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex. In fact, an episode filming Monday and Tuesday this week featured an extended orgy scene. Sources tell THR naked extras simulated sex in a mansion in the Bird Streets neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. (Dre’s wife Nicole Threatt Young was on set to witness the shenanigans, one insider says.)
Apple has been rumored to be interested in creating original content for a while. And it definitely makes sense to start with Dr. Dre, who joined the company when Apple purchased Beats for $3 billion back in 2014.