Apple wants to follow the latest trend by producing its first original scripted television series and it will star Dr. Dre, according to an exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter.
The six episode series entitled “Vital Signs” and will follow a plot described as “semi-autobiographical” about the legendary rapper’s life. Dr. Dre will also be an executive producer on the program.
THR reports that the series will most likely be distributed via Apple Music, the tech company’s streaming music component, but adds that it’s “not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved.”
Apple declined to comment on the story.
If you remember Dr. Dre sold his headphone company Beats to Apple in 2014 for a reported $3 billion. The tech company’s move into original programming has been rumored for months and it’s not really a surprise they would partner with Dre. In August it was reported that the tech giant was “assessing” whether to bankroll original TV shows and movies.
Friday’s news of Apple’s reported entry to creating original online programming is a shot across the bow of established streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. As more people look for economical ways to watch their favorite shows and find new ones, this would be a great way to further pull people over to Apple TV and Apple Music.