Jason Katims to adapt Dear Edward for Apple TV+
James R | On 19, Feb 2022
Apple TV+ has ordered Dear Edward, a new 10-episode drama from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, As We See It). The first series order to hail from his overall deal with Apple TV+, it is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano and will be written, showrun and executive produced by Katims.
Dear Edward will star Connie Britton (The White Lotus, Friday Night Lights), reuniting Katims and Britton following their collaboration on Friday Night Lights, along with Taylor Schilling (Pam and Tommy, Orange is the New Black) and Colin O’Brien (Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, Wonka), with Fisher Stevens (Palmer) set to direct the first episode and serve as executive producer on the pilot.
Dear Edward tells the story of Edward Adler (played by O’Brien), a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed. The series is a story about survival, resilience, connection and what makes us human.
Katims serves as executive producer through True Jack Productions alongside Jeni Mulein. Napolitano also serves as executive producer alongside director Stevens. David Boyd will serve as producing director.