‘The Afterparty’: Apple TV+ Lands Phil Lord & Chris Miller ‘Rashomon-style’ Murder Mystery Series

The streaming biz is tough to crack, and Apple TV+ has had its troubles. But they’re securing some really big projects, and if you want to snag the geek corner of the audience a good way to do that is to land a new episodic series from Oscar-winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, best-known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie.

Variety reports Apple TV+ is the home for Lord and Miller’s series, The Afterparty, which sounds like it’s going to take a Rashomon-style look at a murder mystery. All eight episodes have been ordered straight-to-series, and will center on a murder that takes place during a high school reunion. What’s interesting is that each episode will look at the same events from a different character’s perspective “each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality.”

Miller, who created the series, will serve as showrunner and exec-producer. This is a busy time for the duo, who are attached to a number of different projects. They’re producers on the upcoming animated film, Connected, as well as the Into the Spider-Verse sequel which opens in 2022. They’re also working with the Ready or Not directors for a “bear-driven horror comedy”, and of course, the astronaut film Project Hail Mary which is based on a novel by author Andy Weir (The Martian) and stars Ryan Gosling.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.