Variety has reported that Apple TV+ has scored action-thriller “Echo 3” TV series from Oscar-winner Mark Boal, writer of 2010’s “The Hurt Locker.” The 10-episode series is based on Israeli series “When Heroes Fly,” which is based on a novel of the same name by Amir Gutfreund. As Boal was also nominated for his work on “Zero Dark Thirty,” it’s no surprise to learn that “Echo 3” will be a war-based show as well.
The new series follows the disappearance of scientist Amber Chesborough along the Colombia-Venezuela border. Amber’s brother and husband, both men with extensive military backgrounds, search for her while a secret war rages around them. Likely due to its location, “Echo 3” will be shot in both English and Spanish. Boal and Jason Horwitch will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers.
Among the host of executive producers joining Boal and Horwitch is Omri Givon, creator of the original Israeli show. Keshet Studios, the global production and distribution arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group, will produce “Echo 3” alongside Apple, making it the studio’s second series order of an adaptation picked up by Apple. The other Keshet and Apple collaboration is “Suspicion,” starring Uma Thurman, which is based on Keshet’s “False Flag.”
Apple TV+ launched right around the same as Disney+, but never really reached the same level of clout as the other streaming platform — but Apple’s streaming platform is still making an admirable effort to get there. The streaming platform has nabbed shows with A-list talent like “Defending Jacob” and “The Morning Show,” but has still remained something of an underdog in the streaming wars. “Echo 3” joins a slew of Apple shows exploring a new segment within Apple TV+’s catalog — international shows. “Shantaram” starring Charlie Hunnam and “Slow Horses” with Gary Oldman are among the platform’s offering in upcoming streaming shows. Maybe “Echo 3” and Apple’s other international shows will finally be what launches Applet TV+ from mediocrity to greatness.