Apple has reportedly shelved a mini-series featuring hip hop legend Dr. Dre because the content was just too graphic.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, reportedly passed on “Vital Signs,” a semi-autobiographical six-episode series produced by and featuring Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, because the show featured a hefty amount of gun violence, characters snorting lines of cocaine and a graphic, lengthy orgy scene, the Wall Street Journal reports.
After viewing the series at a screening last year, Cook reportedly felt that the show was “too violent” for Apple, according to WSJ’s sources.
Actors Sam Rockwell and Mo McRae were initially linked to the series, which was described as a “dark drama,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Actor Ian McShane was also slated to star, and revealed last year during an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” that he would be portraying a fictionalized version of Dre’s “Vengeance,” Screen Crush reports. McShane said then that the show would premiere in August 2018 but, after being cut loose from Apple, its future now seems uncertain.
Apple wants “high-quality” content, with no “gratuitous sex, profanity or violence,” according to WSJ.
“Vital Signs,” however, isn’t the only project that Apple is putting the squeeze on as far conforming with the company’s core standards of appropriateness.
Apple had tapped director M. Night Shyamalan for an original psychological thriller, but executives reportedly requested that crucifixes not be shown in the homes of the protagonists; WSJ’s sources claimed that Apple’s executives aren’t interested in content with “religious subjects or politics.”
The tech giant also reportedly passed on a show that would touch on the #MeToo movement and feature comedian Whitney Cummings.
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