Bad Monkey
Based onBad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen
Developed byBill Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Bad Monkey is an upcoming American drama developed and executive produced by Bill Lawrence.[1] A co-production between Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions, it is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Carl Hiaasen. The series is led by Vince Vaughn, Michelle Monaghan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Meredith Hagner, Rob Delaney, Natalie Martinez, L. Scott Caldwell, Ronald Peet, and John Ortiz. Charlotte Lawrence and Alex Moffat also star in recurring roles.

Bad Monkey is scheduled to be released in the United States on Apple TV+.


Andrew Yancy is a former police detective who has been reduced to conducting restaurant inspections in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas.



Vince Vaughn at the 2015 Young Americans for Liberty California State Convention in Los Angeles, California.
Vince Vaughn stars in the lead role as Andrew Yancy



No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date
1"Pilot[1]"Marcos Siega[3]Teleplay by : Bill LawrenceTBA
2TBATBAAdam Sztykiel & Ellie KnausTBA
4TBATBAAnnie MebaneTBA
6TBATBAMilla Bell-HartTBA
7TBATBAAshley Nicole BlackTBA
8TBATBAMichael C. MartinTBA
10TBATBABill Lawrence & Matt TarsesTBA


In December 2018, Bill Lawrence's Doozer Productions signed an eight-figure five-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.[9] In August 2021, the two studios announced the development of Bad Monkey, a 10-episode drama series based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Carl Hiaasen, with Vince Vaughn starring and Apple TV+ distributing.[2] In December 2021, Michelle Monaghan, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Meredith Hagner joined the cast.[3] In January 2022, Ana Villafañe, Rob Delaney, Ahmed Elhaj, Arturo Luis Soria, and Alex Moffat were added to the cast.[4][8] In March 2022, Natalie Martinez was cast as a series regular to replace Villafañe because, according to Deadline Hollywood, "the character had been written older than Villafañe's age, leading to the decision to replace her."[5] In April, L. Scott Caldwell and Charlotte Lawrence were reported to star, with Ronald Peet taking over Elhaj's role.[6] In June, it was announced John Ortiz had been cast to replace Soria in the series.[7]

Filming began in February 2022, in the Florida Keys and Miami, Florida.[10][11] Filming locations included Duval Street, Key West.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Bad Monkey". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 9, 2021). "Vince Vaughn To Headline Bad Monkey Apple TV+ Drama Series From Bill Lawrence". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 9, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Petski, Denise (December 2, 2021). "Bad Monkey: Michelle Monaghan, Jodie Turner-Smith & Meredith Hagner Join Vince Vaughn In Bill Lawrence's Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 11, 2022). "Bad Monkey: Ana Villafañe, Rob Delaney Among Cast To Join Vince Vaughn In Bill Lawrence's Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 17, 2022). "Natalie Martinez Joins Apple TV+ Series Bad Monkey In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Otterson, Joe (April 1, 2022). "Bill Lawrence Apple Series Bad Monkey Adds Three New Cast Members (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 16, 2022). "John Ortiz Joins Apple TV+ Drama Series Bad Monkey In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Porter, Rick (January 28, 2022). "SNL Regular Alex Moffat Joins Apple's Bad Monkey (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 4, 2018). "Bill Lawrence's Doozer Inks Big New Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Sells Brent Morin Comedy To NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  10. ^ ""Bad Monkey" Series/Apple TV+" (PDF). Production Weekly. No. 1261. August 26, 2021. p. ?? (link now dead). Retrieved September 29, 2021.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Bad Monkey (Series) | In Development/Pre-Production". Film & Television Industry Alliance. January 3, 2022. Retrieved February 6, 2022. Shoot Date: February 07, 2022 Locations: Miami, FL, United States
  12. ^ @tikihousekw (March 9, 2022). "You never know what or who you will see at the Tiki House". Retrieved March 18, 2022 – via Instagram.