Apples Never Fall to film in Queensland

Annette Bening and Sam Neill to star in US drama based on a book by Lianne Moriarty.

Queensland has nabbed upcoming US drama Apples Never Fall, being produced for NBC owned Peacock.

Matchbox Pictures will manage production in Australia for Universal Studios & Heyday Television.

Based on the best-selling novel by Australian author Lianne Moriarty, the series will star Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders).

The series centres on the Delaneys, who, from the outside, appear to be an enviably contented family. Former tennis coaches Joy (Bening) and Stan (Neill) are parents to four adult children. After decades of marriage, they have finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. But after Joy disappears, her children are forced to re-examine their parents’ marriage and their family history with fresh eyes.

Melanie Marnich serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer. David Heyman will executive produce, alongside Liane Moriarty, Albert Page and Jillian Share. Chris Sweeney (The Tourist, Back to Life) will direct multiple episodes, including the first.

The limited series is expected to inject more than $79 million into the economy when production commences in March.

Also supported by Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, the Australian Government’s Location Incentive is providing funding supporting the creation of 260 jobs for local cast and crew.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “After the success of Young Rock and Joe vs. Carole, it’s fantastic that Apples Never Fall will also benefit from Queensland’s highly skilled crews, picture-perfect locations and world-class facilities.

“With the support of my government’s Production Attraction Strategy through Screen Queensland, this high-profile production will soon be filming on the Gold Coast, contributing an estimated $29.5 million to the state’s economy and creating nearly 200 jobs for local cast and crew, as well as 1000 opportunities for extras.”

“We’re thrilled to bring another premium series to Australia,” added Beatrice Springborn, President, Universal International Studios. “We’ve had wonderful experiences with the local teams on past productions and are grateful for the support provided by the Australian government and Screen Queensland.”

An Australian broadcaster / platform is yet to be announced.

One Response

  1. I quite like Lianne Moriarty books and I did enjoy Big Little Lies but 9 Perfect Strangers wasn’t all that great a story even though the actors we good. When it comes to Sam Neil I’ve never been disappointed with anything he’s been in including the documentaries. He’s an accomplished actor who can make any role real and believable.. hoping for those who enjoy his work it is not on streaming or pay service but on FTA like the ABC or SBS (which eventually screened 9 Perfect Strangers) for a change.

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