Apple TV+ to debut riveting Carlos Ghosn docuseries

Set to premiere on Friday, the four-part series is inspired by the book "Boundless," penned by The Wall Street Journal reporters Nick Kostov and Sean McLain.

The Apple TV+ four-part documentary series, “Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn,” delves into the dramatic shift from Ghosn’s widespread acclaim in the automotive and financial sectors of Japan, France and beyond, to his sudden designation as public enemy number one.

Set to premiere on Friday, the four-part series is inspired by the book “Boundless,” penned by The Wall Street Journal reporters Nick Kostov and Sean McLain. Viewers can expect unseen interviews and footage, providing insight into Ghosn’s ascent in Japan’s corporate world, his multiple arrests and the intricate details of his dramatic getaway to Lebanon. Ghosn was chairman and CEO of both Renault and Nissan, as well as the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.

The series explores Ghosn’s assertions that his arrest was an attempt to halt a purported merger of Nissan and Renault, while the charges by the authorities say he used company funds for his own purposes and finagled a large, but deferred compensation payout, which a former Ghosn executive at Nissan, Greg Kelly, took pains to explain was never actually paid out. For his part, Kelly was jailed, pleaded guilty and was released from Japan.

At this point, the basic facts of his escape to Lebanon are fairly well-known and those are re-told in detail. But what also reverberates throughout the series is how Ghosn’s managerial style and lifestyle on one hand propel him to cult-like status in both France and Japan, but his later decisions – namely escaping the justice system of Japan and France, put him in direct contradiction with established Japanese culture. Considering that Japanese CEOs earn significantly less than their U.S. counterparts — a smaller multiple of their workers’ salaries — it’s clear where the divergence began.

Key figures interviewed in the series include Mike Taylor, the ex-Green Beret responsible for devising Ghosn’s escape in a music instrument box, Taylor’s son, Kelly and Carlos Ghosn himself.


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