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City On Fire - What We Know So Far

Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, who are known for creating teen dramas such as the original "Gossip Girl," are currently working on a new series for Apple TV+. "City on Fire" is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg. The book, about the investigation surrounding a New York University student getting shot in the middle of Central Park, was Hallberg's first, and the epic scope and hype around the novel caused it to make waves when it was first released (per Vogue). So, it should come as little surprise that it is now being adapted for the small screen.

Savage and Schwartz, who have previously written on shows like "The O.C." and the recent "Dynasty" reboot (which they also co-created along with Sallie Patrick), will pen all eight episodes, as well as serve as showrunners and executive producers. Schwartz and Savage, through their production company Fake Empire, scored a first-look deal with Apple back in 2019 (via The Hollywood Reporter). As noted by Deadline, "City on Fire" is the first project to come out of that arrangement. 

For those interested, here is everything else we know so far about the upcoming drama "City on Fire."

City on Fire has amassed an impressive cast

According to the official synopsis, "City on Fire" follows the aftermath of NYU student Samantha Cicciaro getting shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July in 2003 (via Apple TV+ Press). No evidence was found, nor were there any witnesses. The synopsis continues, "As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she's revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep."

Initially, the only two cast members who were announced were "Generation" co-star Chase Sui Wonders as Samantha and "It" actor Wyatt Oleff as her friend Charlie. On March 30, a flurry of casting news revealed that "Girls" and "Sex Education" star Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella of "Younger" and "The Walking Dead: World Beyond," and screen and stage legend John Cameron Mitchell had also been tapped for the series. They are joined by Omid Abtahi, Xavier Clyde, Alexandra Doke, Max Milner, Kathleen Munroe, and Ashley Zukerman, according to Deadline. The publication also reports that, as of the time of writing, the series is currently filming in New York City. 

As for a release date, that information has yet to be established. Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming "City on Fire."