'Pachinko' hits Apple TV+ today, but it almost didn't make it
What you need to know
- A new series of interviews explain how Pachinko ended up on Apple TV+.
- Pachinko was made five offers but Apple TV+ won out.
- Initial funding fears meant the show was getting offers but not at the level required.
Apple TV+ will see the debut of Pachinko today and while it's launching at a time where Korean shows and movies are popular, that was absolutely not the case when it was being shopped around. In a new interview, the people behind Pachinko explain how it landed at Apple TV+ after a five-company battle for it.
Pachinko is an ambitious intertwining of three timelines that also include just as many languages, all happening at the same time. That's a big project in itself, and executive producer Michael Ellenberg tells Variety that the team was "insane" to even try to sell Pachinko to TV and streaming outfits.
While Pachinko did have interest from buyers, the main problem was getting the funding required. Plans required money on the level of Succession and The Crown, but getting that level of backing wasn't easy according to executive producer Theresa Kang-Lowe.
Eventually, five offers were made for Pachinko and it was Apple TV+ that won out. The company has made a name for itself for throwing money at projects and that seems to have been the case here. As is often the case with these things, Pachinko fans have Apple's deep pockets to thank for its arrival.
You can read more about how the new Korean show came to Apple TV+ in the original Variety interview piece.
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