GenreBiographical drama
Based onA Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
by Stacy Schiff
Written byKirk Ellis
Directed byTim Van Patten
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original networkApple TV+

Franklin is an upcoming biographical drama miniseries about the United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, based on Stacy Schiff's 2005 book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.


Depicts the eight years Benjamin Franklin spent in France to convince the country to underwrite America's democracy.



No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date
1TBATim Van Patten[2]Kirk Ellis and Howard KorderTBA


It was announced in February 2022 that Michael Douglas would star in the series as Benjamin Franklin for Apple TV+, with Kirk Ellis writing the series and Tim Van Patten directing.[3] In June 2022, it was announced that Howard Korder had joined the production as a writer and executive producer.[4]

Filming began in June 2022 in Versailles, with Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab and Eddie Marsan amongst additional casting announced.[4]


  1. ^ "Franklin". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z - great improvisation, a on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (February 28, 2022). "Michael Douglas To Star As Benjamin Franklin in Apple TV+ Limited Series From Kirk Ellis, Tim Van Patten, Tony Krantz & Richard Plepler". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (8 June 2022). "Apple's Benjamin Franklin Series Starring Michael Douglas Adds Noah Jupe, Ludivine Sagnier, Daniel Mays, Assaad Bouab, More; Filming Starts In Paris". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 June 2022.