Is ‘Sunny’ based on a book? Everything you need to know about the Apple TV+ mystery series

KYOTO, JAPAN: After the end of “Dark Matter” in June 2024, Apple TV+ is preparing for the release of another mystery series with science fiction themes, also based on a book.

“Sunny” is an upcoming series starring Rashida Jones, known for her roles in “Boston Public” and “The Office.”

Other cast members include Hidetoshi Nishijima, Joanna Sotomura, Judy Ongg, and Jun Kunimura.

Katie Robbins is adapting Colin O’Sullivan’s novel for Apple TV+

“Sunny” is based on a book called “The Dark Handbook” by Colin O’Sullivan (@appletv+)

“Sunny” is based on the novel “The Dark Manual” by Colin O’Sullivan, published in 2018.

Apple TV+ announced the adaptation in February 2022, followed by introducing Rashida Jones as a main cast member and executive producer of the series.

In “The Dark Manual”, the Japanese based author tells a fictional story of Susie Sakamoto who struggles with the grief of her missing family and finds a new companion in a domestic robot to uncover the mystery.

What to expect in the ‘Sunny’ of Apple TV+?

Rashida Jones on 'Sunny' (@appletv+)
Photocom of the series ‘Sunny’ (@appletv+)

Taking inspiration from Colin O’Sullivan’s novel, the Apple TV+ series revolves around Suzie, an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan.

Her life is turned upside down when her family disappears in a crash. Her husband’s electronics company “compensates” her for the tragedy by giving her a home robot named Sunny.

Although she resents the robot at first, they eventually develop an unusual friendship as they pair up to uncover the mystery of what actually happened to her family. This journey will lead her to a dark world she never knew existed.

The official synopsis for “Sunny” reads, “The life of an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan, is turned upside down when her husband and son disappear in a mysterious crash. As consolation, she received Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by from her husband’s electronics company.”

How to stream ‘Sunny’?

Hidetoshi Nishijima in 'Sunny' (@appletv+)
Hidetoshi Nishijima as Masa Sakamoto in “Sunny” (@appletv+)

‘Sunny’ will premiere with two episodes on Apple TV+ on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. After the debut, the streaming giant will release one episode every Wednesday until its end on September 4.

The series will have a total of ten episodes. An Apple TV+ subscription, which starts at $9.99 per month, is required to stream ‘Sunny’.

‘Sunny’ trailer

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