Apple may break bad with a violent TV adaptation of ‘Bastards’

Apple is negotiating for the rights to adapt Nevelot (Bastards), a violent Israeli drama starring Richard Gere, reports CNBC.

Homeland's" Howard Gordon and "Law and Order: SVU's" Warren Leight are in talks to serve as showrunners. Apple has been fighting back against the perception that it’s only wanting family-friendly, safe content for its upcoming streaming service. CNBC says the tech giant is looking for its version of Breaking Bad.

The show's plot involves two military veterans who go on a youth-focused killing spree because they believe today's kids don't understand the sacrifices of their generation. The first slate of Apple’s shows have a tentative deadline of spring 2019, and the company is expected to spend $4.2 billion on content through 2022 per Variety.

If it happens, Bastards will be Apple’s 26th scripted series. Upcoming original programming titles from Apple include:

"Amazing Stores," 

"Are You Sleeping," 

"Home," "Little America," 

"See," 

An untitled Damien Chazelle drama, 

an untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Anniston/Steve Carrell dramedy, “Dickinson” (a half-hour comedy starring Hailee Stenifeld), 

an Ronald D. Moore science-fiction drama dubbed “For All Mankind,” 

An untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller series, 

A TV series adaption of “Foundation,” the Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy, 

The half-hour dramedy “Little Voices” from producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, 

“Little America” from the screenwriters (Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani) of “The Big Sick” and producer/writer Lee Eisenberg, 

A drama series about pre-teen investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak, 

A TV series based on the “Time Bandits” movie, 

An English-language adaptation of the French short-form series Canal+, “See,” a world-building drama set in the future, 

A series based on the bestselling 2017 novel “Pachinko,” 

A half-hour scripted comedy from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, “Defending Jacob” starring Chris Evans, 

A series produced by Anonymous Content and based on the New York Times article, “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,”

An AAU basketball drama series dubbed Swagger from NBA superstar Kevin Durant.