Steven Spielberg probably isn't the first filmmaker who springs to mind when thinking of horror (though that Jaws opening sequence remains as terrifying as ever). As of this writing, Spielberg has already penned scripts for five or six episodes of the series, which will run for 10 to 12 episodes said to last between seven and 10 minutes.
LOS ANGELES, June 11 ― Director Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series for mobile-focused streaming service Quibi (short for "Quick Bites"), which viewers will only be able to watch at night.
WTF is Quibi you may be asking? And as for the timing idea, it'll show a clock on screen counting down to when the sun vanishes after sunset, at which time the show will be viewable.
"He's writing it himself", Katzenberg said of the show at a recent conference. "He hasn't written anything in a while so getting him to write something is fantastic". But, on Quibi, episodes aren't like normal episodes. Look Mom! Productions, the Blue Ant-backed animation company based in Toronto and responsible for CBC series Gary and His Demons is also working on an adult animation series called Doom Lands. Once the sun appears at sunrise, the episodes will vanish again. But all of this info pales in comparison to Spielberg's unusual request for the show: he only wants users to be able to stream the "chapters" after midnight. Now let's talk Quibi itself, as promised above. Katzenberg says that virtually every major media conglomerate is an investor and the upcoming service has raised $1 billion thus far.
Before you roll your eyes at this service, Katzenberg and his team have already signed up Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Doug Lima, Steven Soderbergh, Catherine Hardwick, Laurence Fishburne, Antoine Fuqua, and Anna Kendrick to make content. Other names now associated with the services are Catherine Hardwick (Twilight), Anna Kendrick (everything adorable on the internet, Pitch Perfect), Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). This story comes to us via Variety.
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