Apple TV+ Announces New Limited Event Series Starring Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin


Today, Apple TV+ announced an order for a new limited event series from Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”) and director Tim Van Patten. , Emmy and DGA Award winner, with Academy, Emmy and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Douglas set to play the lead role of Benjamin Franklin.

Academy, Emmy and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Douglas will star as Benjamin Franklin in a new limited Apple Original event series.

Based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize-winning Stacy Schiff, the new limited event series is a co-production between ITV Studios America and Apple Studios.

The drama will explore the gripping story of one of the biggest bets in Benjamin Franklin’s career. At 70, with no diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to support the American experiment in democracy. Using his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin thwarted British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues, while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of 1783. The eight-year French mission was Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without which America would not have won the Revolution.

Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis, 1778
benjamin franklin by Joseph Duplessis, 1778

The limited event series will be written and produced by Kirk Ellis and directed by Tim Van Patten, who will serve as executive producer alongside Michael Douglas, Richard Plepler through EDEN Productions, Tony Krantz through Flame Ventures and Mark Mostyn. Stacy Schiff will serve as co-executive producer.

Taken from MacDailyNews: I loved him in The Kominsky method, among many other things. Now, as America’s genius founding father, this looks like another winner for Apple TV+!

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