Zach Galifianakis and Elizabeth Banks to star in 'The Beanie Bubble'

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What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has landed "The Beanie Bubble," a film about the phenomenon from the 1990s.
  • Zach Galifianakis and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the film.

Today, Apple announced that it has landed "The Beanie Bubble, a new film from Emmy Award nominee director Kristin Gore and Grammy Award winner Damian Kulash. Emmy Award winner Zach Galifianakis, Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Banks, Emmy and Critics Choice Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sarah Snook, and Geraldine Viswanathan will star in the film.

The film dives into the Beanie Babies craze during the 1990s and the women who helped power the phenomenon's success.

"The Beanie Bubble" is inspired by the story behind one of the biggest speculative crazes that blazed through American culture in the '90s. It pulls back the curtain on the absurdities and injustices of the American Dream — particularly the female relationship to it. It's a celebration of the women who helped power Ty Warner's success, whose strengths and good instincts shaped and amplified the phenomenon, but whose names are not on the Beanie Babies' heart-shaped tags.

In addition to the film announcement, Apple and Imagine Entertainment have reached a first-look deal on scripted films.

Produced by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Lunder, president of Imagine Features, "The Beanie Bubble" marks the first film order to hail from an exclusive first-look deal between Apple and Imagine Entertainment for scripted films. The film is written by Gore, who also co-directs alongside Kulash. The married directing duo developed the story together, and Gore wrote the screenplay, which is based on the book "The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute." In addition to starring, Galifianakis serves as executive producer.

It's currently unclear when production will begin on "The Beanie Bubble" or when it will premiere on Apple TV+.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.