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Apple is working on 'The Luckiest Man,' a series based on the life of Lou Gehrig & is set to launch the documentary 'Big Beasts' for Earth Day

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Apple is turning its lens on the Iron Horse. Apple TV+ is teaming with Universal Television and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to adapt author Jonathan Eig’s book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, as a scripted television series, sources say.

Dan Kay (the upcoming Spider & Jessie) is on board to co-write the script alongside the author, Eig, and serve as showrunner on the drama, which is currently in the development stages. Eig will be credited as a co-exec producer. Peter Farrelly (Apple’s The Greatest Beer Run Ever) is attached as an exec producer and would direct the pilot should the untitled drama move forward. Michael Uslan, David Uslan and Charles Wessler will also exec produce alongside Saturday Night Live mastermind Michaels and his son, Broadway Video creative exec Eddie Michaels.

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 came two months after he was diagnosed with ALS, which is now known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Gehrig, a first baseman, played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees and earned the nickname of the Iron Horse for his incredible streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive games. For more on this, read the full report by The Hollywood Reporter.

Celebrating Earth Day with "The Big Beasts" Documentary 2 Earth_Day_Premiere_Big_Beasts_(Click on image to Greatly Enlarge)

Apple today announced the new 10-part documentary series “Big Beasts,” narrated by Emmy Award nominee Tom Hiddleston, is set to premiere globally on Friday, April 21 on Apple TV+. From the acclaimed creative team of the Apple TV+ award-winning docuseries “Tiny World,” comes “Big Beasts,” filmed over two years, the series takes audiences on an epic journey around the globe, from freezing poles to tropical rainforests, to meet nature’s most captivating giants.

The series will debut on April 21, just in time for Earth Day, with two new episodes premiering each week until Friday, May 19.

“Big Beasts” features some of the world’s most massive species filmed across 17 countries, including the gray whale, the elephant seal, the giant otter, the gorilla, the hippo, the brown bear, the ostrich, the orangutan, the tiger and the polar bear. Viewers will see that it's not easy being big — the larger the animal, the greater the challenges they face — as the series captures rare and first-ever footage using specialized equipment and next-generation filming techniques.

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