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Apple TV+ renews high concept sci-fi alien drama 'Invasion' for second season
The slow burn sci-fi project hails from co-creators Simon Kinberg and David Weil.
Apple's aliens are here to stay. Globe-spanning sci-fi drama Invasion has officially been renewed for a second season, Apple TV+ confirmed Wednesday. Hailing from co-creators and executive producers Simon Kinberg (Fox's X-Men film franchise) and David Weil (Amazon's Hunters), the new series presents a number of parallel storylines set against the backdrop of an alien invasion.
“I’m profoundly grateful to Apple for being so supportive every step of the way, and trusting us to make a deeply human, emotional alien-invasion story," Kinberg said in a statement. "And most of all I’m thankful to our amazing fans, without whom we wouldn’t have this opportunity to continue the invasion. I’m super excited about what we’re planning for season two, expanding our universe in the most intimate and epic ways.”
“From Day One, we have been hooked on this unique, engrossing and very human telling of an invasion story which deftly explores how the lives of different characters around the world are impacted when Earth is under siege,” added Matt Cherniss, Head of Programming for Apple TV+. “It has been so rewarding to witness global audiences respond to the brilliant performances, the captivating mystery and the sweeping cinematic vision, not to mention some pretty terrifying alien intruders. We couldn’t be more excited for viewers to see what Invasion creators David Weil and Simon Kinberg have in store for these characters — as well as our planet — in Season 2."
Golshifteh Farahani, Shamier Anderson, Shioli Kutsuna, Firas Nassar, Billy Barratt, Azhy Robertson, Tara Moayedi, Daisuke Tsuji, and Sam Neill comprise the central cast.
Written by Kinberg and Weil, the debut season of Invasion (concluding this Friday) was directed by fellow executive producer Jakob Verbruggen (The Alienist). Audrey Chon, Amy Kaufman and Elisa Ellis also serve as executive producers alongside Andrew Baldwin, who pulls double duty as a writer. Katie O’Connell Marsh is an EP on behalf of Boat Rocker Studios.
During an interview with SYFY WIRE ahead of the show's streaming premiere, Weil stated that the goal was to shy away from some of the more well-known genre tropes in order to create a more relatable world. “We wanted this alien invasion story to be one that an audience could see themselves in,” he told us. “This isn’t Tom Cruise or Will Smith running down the street saving humanity. We wanted this to feel like people who our global audience could connect to.”
The Season 1 finale of Invasion arrives on Apple TV+ this coming Friday (Dec. 10).