Film Professor Ramin Bahrani to Direct 'Grapes of Wrath' Series for Apple TV

The famous John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath is getting a television reboot, and Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani (CC ‘96) is set to write and direct the series.

By
Aisha Amin
November 30, 2023

The famous John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath is getting a television reboot, and Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani (CC ‘96) is set to write and direct all episodes of the series. 

Fifth Season, the production company that created the hit Apple TV show Severance, is producing the series based on the novel. 

The Grapes of Wrath  tells the story of a family during the Great Depression as they are forced to leave their home in Oklahoma on a quest for a better life in California. The novel was adapted in 1940 by director John Ford as a feature film starring Henry Fonda. That film earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.

Joe Hipps, Fifth Season’s President of TV Development and Production, dropped some early hints on the upcoming series adaptation. He said the show will be set within the novel’s period roots, but Bahrani has some “interesting ideas” about how to make the story contemporary with music.

Ramin Bahrani is best known for writing and helming the Netflix film,The White Tiger, for which he was nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar last year. He’s also the filmmaker behind the acclaimed 2007 drama feature, Chop Shop, as well as Fahrenheit 451, the HBO dystopian movie adaptation of Ray Bradbur’s 1953 book of the same name. His most recent work includes the  Apple TV+ drama miniseries, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, starring Samuel L. Jackson. He also made his documentary directorial debut with 2nd Chance, which played at the Sundance Film Festival before it debuted on Showtime.