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James Gray Bites Into ‘Hard Apple’ With ’70s-Set Animated Crime Series

James Gray Bites Into 'Hard Apple' With '70s-Set Animated Crime Series

Well, here’s something both unexpected and a little bit surprising. While James Gray is well-versed in crime drama (“Little Odessa,” “The Yards,” “We Own The Night“), he’s not the first name you think of when you hear the word “animation.” Given his unsatisfactory experience making “The Red Road,” you might think television and the small screen wouldn’t be an enticing proposition. But here’s the thing, this time he’s going to have a lot more control, and the material sounds pretty great.

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Variety reports that Gray will executive produce and look over all the creative decisions on “Hard Apple.” The animated show is geared towards adults and based on Jerome Charyn’s books that track Isaac Sidel, a fictional a detective who walks through three decades of law enforcement starting in the 1970s.

Tomer and Asaf Hanuka (“Waltz With Bashir“) will be on the animation team, the project is set up at Canal Plus, and a director and showrunner are yet to be announced. But with the Grey watching over how this is all being put together, that’s enough for us to keep this on the radar and hope it finds a stateside home soon.

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