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Apple TV+ Series Depicts the Dramatic Escape of Carlos Ghosn

The former CEO of Nissan and Renault fled Japan packed inside a music case.

Dan Carney

August 1, 2023

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If you haven’t had a chance to read Boundless, the book by The Wall Street Journal reporters Nick Kostov and Sean McLain about former Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and his escape from Japan to his native Lebanon, Apple TV+ has you covered with a new four-part documentary series: Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn.

For nearly two decades, the Lebanese-Brazilian Ghosn stood atop the global automotive industry as the simultaneous head of two huge car companies: Renault and Nissan. In Shift, Ghosn’s 2007 book describing the chaos at Nissan when he joined that company, he explains the process of not-quite merging that company with Renault in an alliance that saw the companies share designs and components.

That alliance worked well for many years, but recent pressure in France for Renault to absorb Nissan sparked a reaction in Japan from those opposed to the move, according to Ghosn. He was caught in the middle and the outcome was ultimately his arrest by Japanese authorities.

Jailed without a trial or even a scheduled trial date for more than a year, Ghosn organized an escape conducted by Mike Taylor, a former Green Beret.

For the documentary, Ghosn tells his side of this ongoing, global news story, from start to finish Inspired by the acclaimed book, the series includes never-before-seen interviews and footage with the prime players who lived in the Ghosn orbit, his rise to corporate power in Japan, his several arrests and the details of his harrowing escape to Lebanon.

Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn is executive produced by Academy Award winner James Gay-Rees (“Amy”) and Emmy Award winner Paul Martin (“Drive to Survive”) and directed by DuPont and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker James Jones (“Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes”). The series launches on Apple TV+ on Aug. 25. While you wait for the show, take a look at this brief CBS Sunday Morning segment on the episode as a warm up.

 

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