Apple TV+ orders international sci-fi thriller series ‘Dr. Brain’

Apple TV+ today announced an expansion of its sweeping international slate with a series order for “Dr. Brain,” a new sci-fi thriller based on the widely popular Korean webtoon that will be written and directed by visionary filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon (“A Tale of Two Sisters,” “I Saw the Devil”), and star SAG Award-winner Lee Sun-Kyun (“Parasite”). The series marks the first Korean-language project for Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ orders international sci-fi thriller series 'Dr. Brain'

“Dr. Brain” is produced for Apple TV+ by Korea-based studio, Bound Entertainment, along with Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex, and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee-Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha, executive producer of Kim Jee-Woon’s “Illang: The Wolf Brigade” and Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja.” Ham Jung Yeub and Daniel Han executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.

“Dr. Brain” will join a growing slate of Apple Original international dramas hailing from global award-winning storytellers, including highly anticipated series “Pachinko,” the Korean, Japanese and English-language drama series based on the acclaimed novel, and written and executive produced by Soo Hugh; “Masters of the Air,” a new limited drama series from Apple Studios and executive produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone; “Slow Horses,” an international espionage thriller starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman; “Shantaram,” based on Gregory David Robert’s best-selling novel and starring Charlie Hunnam; “Echo 3,” a new action-thriller set entirely between South America and the US, and written by Academy Award-winning producer and writer Mark Boal; “Acapulco,” a new Spanish and English language half-hour comedy series starring and executive produced by Eugenio Derbez; “The Essex Serpent” starring Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Claire Danes; and, “Suspicion,” a high-paced thriller starring Uma Thurman and based on the award-winning Israeli series “False Flag.”

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service.

Apple Originals have been honored with 287 awards nominations and 74 wins in just over a year, including a Golden Globe Award, Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award and more.

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  1. About time there were some Si-Fi but the whole Awards mantra falls on deaf ears compared to Disney+ and Netflix real and compelling content.
    Apple seems more interested in paying the lobbyists to get them awards rather than actually making loads of great content.
    Most people know Awards are nothing but hype for those with deep pockets. A means to try to officialise a narrative for PR’s sake. The real truth is in the content and real subscribers that invest into the content I have yet to see any show worth investing my time to binge on with Apples mediocre overly family focused releases.

    The problem I see is that Apple knows that content is not what Apple does best. Apple makes products that just work and has built an empire on allowing content developers to fill their products with music , stories, games etc…The walled Garden won’t work if they decide, control and censor what type of content they want us to watch. Obviously I don’t mean they leave the space for the free market; rather that, they should have brought Netflix when it was in a tight spot a while ago (they still should buy it) I personally think Disney + or Amazon will try to buy Netflix if they don’t.
    Give us those great devices but let us decide how we enjoy them. your content is mediocre at best compared to the others.

  2. Y A W N another apple show that I have 0 interest in seeing. So far, nothing worth paying for. Either “woke”, boring or uninteresting. A lot like Timmy Cook.

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