Apple TV+ has today announced a new 10-episode series order for “Bad Monkey” from Emmy Award-nominated writer and executive producer Bill Lawrence, that will star Vince Vaughn who will also serve as the drama’s executive producer.
Bad Monkey is based on Carl Hiaasen’s 2013 novel of the same name, a New York Times Bestseller and enduring cult favorite. The New York Times called the book “a comedic marvel … beautifully constructed,” and “a rollicking misadventure in the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida.”
The series order comes on the heels of the season two premiere of global hit Apple Original comedy series Ted Lasso, co-created by Lawrence, which recently made history as this year’s most Emmy Award-nominated comedy series with 20 nominations.
“Bad Monkey” tells the story of Andrew Yancy (played by Vaughn), a one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, there’s a monkey.
Lawrence will also executive produce through his Doozer Productions alongside Matt Tarses and Jeff Ingold. Liza Katzer will serve as co-executive producer.