Apple TV+ Orders Drama Series ‘Firebug’

Apple TV+ has ordered “Firebug,” a new Apple Original drama series hailing from Apple Studios.

The series hails from the creative team behind Apple TV+’s limited series “Black Bird,” from creator Dennis Lehane, star and executive producer Taron Egerton, and executive producers Richard Plepler, Kary Antholis, Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin.

Written by Lehane and inspired by true events, “Firebug” will follow a troubled detective and an enigmatic arson investigator (played by Egerton) as they pursue the trails of two serial arsonists.

“Firebug” will be produced by Apple Studios and is developed, written and executive produced by Lehane. In addition to starring, Egerton will serve as executive producer alongside Richard Plepler through EDEN Productions and Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin through Imperative Entertainment.

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The fictional series is inspired by some of the events presented in truth.media’s “Firebug” podcast, which was hosted by the Oscar and Emmy-winning Antholis, who executive produces for Crime Story Media; Emmy Award winner Marc Smerling serves as executive producer for Truth Podcasting Corp.

The new series marks the latest collaboration for Egerton, Lehane, Plepler, Antholis and Thomas following “Black Bird,” which is now streaming globally on Apple TV+. Egerton will also star in the upcoming Apple Original film Tetris: The Movie.

‘Rocketman’ Blasts Off to Digital Aug. 6, Disc Aug. 27 From Paramount

The Elton John biopic Rocketman will shoot to digital Aug. 6 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD Aug.27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Boasting performances of Elton John’s famous songs by Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), the story follows a shy, small-town boy who becomes a rock ‘n’ roll star.

The film also stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

The digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases include more than 75 minutes of bonus content, including four extended musical sequences introduced by director Dexter Fletcher; 10 deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Fletcher; sing-along tracks of 13 select songs; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with John, the cast and filmmakers; footage from recording studio sessions; and a jukebox that allows viewers to skip straight to the music.  Also, for a limited time while supplies last, the combo packs will include a collectible booklet with a special message from John for fans.

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In addition, the digital release will include access to three more featurettes and two more deleted/extended scenes. Apple TV (iTunes) will offer exclusive access to rehearsal footage from “The Bitch Is Back” and a look at John’s lasting impact.

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD digital releases feature Dolby Vision. The film also has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home. Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs include access to a digital copy of the film.

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Robin Hood’ Remake With Taron Egerton Home in February

Lionsgate will release the Robin Hood remake starring Taron Egerton as the title hero digitally Feb. 5, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 19.

The cast also includes Jamie Foxx as Little John,  Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet.

Bonus material includes the seven-part documentary “Outlaws and Auteurs: Reshaping Robin Hood,” plus outtakes and deleted scenes.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.