Apple TV+ nabs The Jet docuseries about an epic ‘80s Pepsi ad

‘The Jet’ on Apple TV+ will be about an ad, a Harrier fighter plane and 7 million Pepsi Points.
Screenshot: Pepsi

The team that created McMillion$ is making a new documentary series for Apple TV+ about an outrageous Pepsi ad from the 1980s that seemingly promised a Harrier combat jet as the ultimate grand prize in a contest. The Jet will cover someone’s attempt to collect enough points in the “Drink Pepsi, Get Stuff” contest to win the aircraft.

It’ll be based on the real story of John Leonard’s efforts to amass 7,000,000 Pepsi Points and actually score the $33.8 million fighter.

Watch the funny Pepsi ad from 1986 at the center of the controversy:

The Jet circles Apple TV+

The Jet will be made by James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, best known for the McMillion$ series. The two shows have similarities, as the earlier one explores how McDonald’s popular Monopoly game was scammed out of $24 million worth of prizes.

Apple reportedly bought the rights to the upcoming documentary series in May 2020, and paid over $1 million.

Apple TV+ building up its documentary library

Although Apple debuted its streaming video service just over a year ago, it already includes quite a few documentaries and docuseries. Most recently, it released Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. And there’s also the political drama Boys State and Beastie Boys about the classic rap group. In the nature category, there’s Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds, Tiny World and Earth at Night in Color. Plus more.

Looking ahead, The Supermodels about fashion icons of the ‘90s is in production. And the same goes for one on the 70th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip.

Apple TV+ isn’t all documentaries like The Jet, of course. There are thrillers, crime dramas, sci-fi and much more already available on Apple’s streaming service. Watching any of the shows or movies comes with a $4.99 a month subscription.