Vince Vaughn has landed a lead role in drama series Bad Monkey, which had received an order from Apple TV and comes from Bill Lawrence, the co-creator of hit series Ted Lasso. Based on the 2013 novel by Carl Hiaasen, Bad Monkey tells the story of Andrew Yancy, a former detective who finds himself working as an inspector in a restaurant in Southern Florida. Yancy then finds himself pulled into a world of greed and corruption following the discovery of a severed arm being found by a fishing tourist. The novel was praised on its release, with Hiaasen being said to have "escaped from the bondage of publishing concept and reader expectation to produce a novel that is as enjoyable to read as it seems to have been for him to write."
The series is being written by Lawrence, who also acts as executive producer on the show along with Vaughn. Alongside Ted Lasso, which just premiered its second season, Bad Monkey will be the second series Lawrence has at Apple TV. Ted Lasso recently earned itself 20 Emmy nominations for its first season, gaining it the highest number of Emmy nominations for a debuting comedy series in the history of the awards. Following T ed Lasso's success, Lawrence's current deal with Warner Bros TV is apparently in the middle of being renegotiated.
Lawrence has a long history of hit series under his belt, including Scrubs, Spin City and Cougar Town to name a few and there is no one betting against Bad Monkey being another to add to the list when it finally arrives.
Vince Vaughn has been best known for his roles in comedy movies such as Wedding Crashers, Old School, Dodgeball and Swingers, but after hitting a dip his his comedy career, recently he has become just as well known for his dramatic roles. As well as cinematic outings in Hacksaw Ridge, The Cell and Return To Paradise, Vaughn received great acclaim for his lead role in HBO's True Detective, in which he starred with Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. Bad Monkey will be Vaughn's first starring role in a TV drama since the HBO drama, and fans of the actor will be pleased to see him making a return to the small screen.
Bad Monkey is the latest in a long line of new scripted originals to go into production at Apple. After kicking off their streaming platform with Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories series, they have made no secret that they are willing to put money where they need to in order to ensure they don't get left behind in the streaming wars. Their original slate currently includes For All Mankind, Dickinson, Home Before Dark, Invasion, The Last Thing He Told Me, The Morning Show, Mr Corman, Mythic Quest, Physical and others.
The series is not expected to begin shooting until the end of the year at the earliest, with only Vaughn so far names as one of the stars, and a premier date for the series had not yet been set, but given the usual scope for production it is likely to be vary late on in 2022 at the earliest. This news comes from Variety.