The Afterparty on Apple TV+
At this point, we all know what to fear. A weekend in a country mansion? Regrets! A trip on the Orient Express? We will fly. So how did the after partya new eight-part series streaming now on Apple TV+, find a fresh take on the classic murder mystery?
To begin with, it wasn’t. The series, like the greats of the genre Index Where Sheila’s Last– focuses on a murder and its aftermath, all of which take place in the same location. In this case, it’s pop star Xavier’s (Dave Franco) mansion, where a group gathers for a post-high school reunion frivolity before their host is offended. Each of the guests (a rogues gallery of possible killers played by Sam Richardson, Ilana Glazer, and Genevieve Angelson, among others) has a motive, and they’re all trapped in the house with a Poirotesque cop (Tiffany Haddish) determined to crack the case.
“What’s interesting about creating a murder mystery these days is that we have 100 years of others that came before,” says Christopher Miller, who wrote and executive produces the series with Phil Lord. . “It’s a world we know and love, but we intentionally didn’t want it to feel stored away.”
What sets the after party apart from its predecessors is a unique approach to storytelling. Each episode focuses on a suspect’s memories and is told in a style specific to that character’s version of the night in question.
“11 years ago, I had the idea of a Rashomonmurder mystery crime comedy, and I originally conceived it as a movie,” says Miller. “When we dusted it off, we thought, what if, in this age of amazing streaming content, we expand it?”
the after party is also contemporary in the way it unveils its mystery. “The public is warned these days,” Miller says. “They are more sophisticated than when the original was Murder on the Orient Expressand being one step ahead of them is a real trick.
Despite all its modern know-how, which makes the after party work is something timeless. “We tell stories to understand where the threats are coming from,” says Lord. “We’re also concerned about who we can trust, so learning lessons about when people aren’t honest really scratches the itch.”
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This story appears in the February 2022 issue of City & Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW
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