Apple is popping its lens on The Iron Horse.
The iPhone maker/streamer is teaming with Universal Television and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to adapt writer Jonathan Eig’s guide, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, as a scripted tv sequence, sources say.
Dan Kay (the upcoming Spider & Jessie) is on board to co-write the script alongside the writer, Eig, and function showrunner on the drama, which is at the moment within the improvement levels. Eig might be credited as a co-exec producer. Peter Farrelly (Apple’s The Greatest Beer Run Ever) is connected as an exec producer and would direct the pilot ought to the untitled drama transfer ahead. Michael Uslan, David Uslan and Charles Wessler may even exec produce alongside Saturday Night Live mastermind Michaels and his son, Broadway Video artistic exec Eddie Michaels.
It’s unclear if Major League Baseball might be concerned within the potential sequence.
Reps for Apple and producers Universal Television declined remark.
The drama has a working title of The Luckiest Man, which is a nod to the Hall of Famer’s iconic 1939 retirement speech that got here two months after he was identified with ALS, which is now generally known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Gehrig, a primary baseman, performed 17 seasons for the New York Yankees and earned the nickname of The Iron Horse for his unimaginable streak of taking part in in 2,130 consecutive video games. (The streak, which many thought would by no means be damaged, was ultimately topped by Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr.) Gehrig in the end pulled himself out of the Yankees lineup when the consequences of ALS started to impression his play on the sector. He died two years later. The perennial All-Star gained the Triple Crown, two AL MVP awards and was a member of six World Series championship groups. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939, the identical yr he retired. Major League Baseball in 2021 declared June 2 to be generally known as Lou Gehrig Day throughout the league in tribute to at least one the sport’s best gamers and to assist increase consciousness of ALS.
Eig’s guide is the definitive biography on Gehrig and drew on interviews and greater than 200 pages of beforehand unpublished letters each two and from the athlete. The guide was beforehand developed in 2017 as a film and arrange with Kay penning the screenplay and Jay Russell connected as director. While nothing got here from the undertaking, the licensed biopic was blessed by the New York Yankees. Michaels and David Uslan in addition to the writer and Kay have been all connected as nicely. Gehrig’s life was beforehand portrayed within the 1942 function movie The Pride of the Yankees, which starred Gary Cooper. The pic was ranked as AFI’s third greatest sports activities film ever in 2008.
Kay is repped by APA and Circle of Confusion; Farrelly is with CAA, Anonymous Content and Lichter Grossman.
Michaels and his Broadway Video banner have been primarily based at Universal Television for many years. The SNL guru’s scripted TV roster consists of Apple’s Schmigadoon in addition to The Other Two, Peacock’s Bust Down, Pete Davidson’s upcoming Bupkis and former hits 30 Rock and Los Espookys, amongst others.