The Crowded Room
Created byAkiva Goldsman
Inspired byThe Minds of Billy Milligan
by Daniel Keyes
Written byAkiva Goldsman
Directed byKornél Mundruczó
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Akiva Goldsman
  • Suzanne Heathcote
  • Tom Holland
  • Alexandra Milchan
  • Arnon Milchan
  • Yariv Milchan
  • Kornél Mundruczó
  • Michael Schaefer
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Original networkApple TV+

The Crowded Room is an upcoming drama anthology television series created by Akiva Goldsman for Apple TV+, with season one taking inspiration from the novel The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes.


A seasonal anthology series that explores true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled, and learned to successfully live with mental illness, with season one inspired by Daniel Keyes' nonfiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan and based on Akiva Goldsman's life.




In April 2021, Akiva Goldsman was set to write The Crowded Room, the 10-episode anthology television series with season one as the adaptation of Daniel Keyes' nonfiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan for Apple TV+, with Goldsman set produce the series through his Weed Road company with Tom Holland, Alexandra Milchan through EMJAG Productions, and Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer through New Regency.[1] The first season was later revealed to actually be based on Goldsman's own life with inspiration from Keyes' book. Kornél Mundruczó was hired to direct the first season and serve as an executive producer as well alongside Suzanne Heathcote.[2]


In April 2021, Holland was cast in the lead role of season one, initially believed to be Billy Milligan.[1] In February 2022, it was revealed that Holland's character would actually be named Danny Sullivan (loosely based on Milligan), while Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum, Sasha Lane, Christopher Abbott and Emma Laird would be added to the cast.[2][3][4] In May, Jason Isaacs and Lior Raz were cast.[5]


Filming on the series began on March 31 and wrapped on September 28, 2022 in New York City.[6]


  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (April 8, 2021). "Tom Holland to Star in Apple Mental Illness Anthology From Akiva Goldsman". The Hollywood Reporter. PMRC.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (February 17, 2022). "Amanda Seyfried To Star Opposite Tom Holland In Apple Anthology Series The Crowded Room". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 22, 2022). "Emmy Rossum To Play Tom Holland's Mom In Apple TV+ Anthology Series The Crowded Room". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (February 22, 2022). "The Crowded Room: Sasha Lane, Christopher Abbott, Emma Laird Round Out Cast Of Apple TV+ Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2022). "Jason Isaacs & Lior Raz Join Tom Holland In The Crowded Room Apple Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  6. ^ Mulenga, Natasha (April 1, 2022). "Tom Holland Spotted With '70s-Style Hairstyle & Clothes Filming The Crowded Room — See Photos". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2 April 2022.