Apple Orders ‘The Big Door Prize’ from ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Producer

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“Schitt’s Creek” Emmy Award-winning producer David West Read will adapt M.O. Walsh’s novel “The Big Door Prize” for the silver screen. Apple announced the series order, a 10-episode half-hour comedy that hails from Skydance Television, on Friday.

“The Big Door Prize” tells the story about the residents of a small town called Deerfield, who one day discover a magical, destiny predicting machine in their grocery store. Casting has yet to be revealed.

The project is being produced by Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon, the same company behind Bong Joon-ho’s Academy Award-winning film “Parasite.” Showrunner Read will also executive produce alongside Miky Lee and Hyun Park of CJ ENM/Studio Dragon and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost of Skydance Television.

“The Big Door Prize” is the second Apple Original from Skydance Television, following the upcoming drama series from the company “Foundation.” Based on the novel series of the same name by Isaac Asimov, the science-fiction show is produced by David S. Goyer and stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Cassian Bilton and Terrence Mann, among others. “Foundation” is slated for a global premiere this fall.

News of the series order comes the same week that Apple announced the three directors for another book-to-screen adaptation, an eight-episode metaphysical thriller entitled “Shining Girls,” based on the 2013 best-selling Lauren Beukes novel of the same name.  The trio is made up of Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren, Emmy and SAG Award winner Elisabeth Moss, and Emmy nominee Daina Reid. Moss will also be starring in the show, which hails from MRC Television, and Beukes is attached to executive produce. The project will be adapted for the small screen and executive produced by showrunner Silka Luisa.


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