Steven Spielberg Is Writing a New Super Scary Horror Series

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Steven Spielberg is reportedly writing a “creepy” and “super scary” horror series for the mobile-focused streaming service Quibi — and users will only be able to watch it when their phone knows it’s dark outside.The news was revealed by Quibi (short for “quick bites”) founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, who discussed plans for his digital platform at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, Variety reported.“Steven Spielberg came in, and said, ‘I have a super scary story I want to do,’” Katzenberg said. “He’s writing it himself. He hasn’t [written anything in a while] so getting him to write something is fantastic.”According to Katzenberg, Spielberg has already “written five or six episodes (which Quibi calls “chapters,” like a novel) of a 10- or 12-chapter story.”The program is being developed under the title “Spielberg’s After Dark,” — and it will have one unique time slot and format.Spielberg wanted viewers to only be able to watch the program after midnight. So Katzenberg and business partner and former HP CEO Meg Whitman asked Quibi engineers to come up with an idea for how to view the show when it’s spooky out — and only for a limited time.The result is a clock that appears on phones, ticking down until sun sets in wherever that user is, until it’s completely gone. Then the clock starts ticking again to when the sun comes back up — and the show will disappear until the next night.Quibi has already raised $1 billion from investors for an April 6, 2020 launch in North America, according to Variety.“What Quibi is doing, it’s not really short form,” Katzenberg said. “We’re putting those sciences together. Chapters or act breaks that are 7 to 10 minutes long. They are specifically shot to be watched on the go. If you’re 25-35 years old, you get up and you’re on [a smartphone] for over five hours.”The service will reportedly cost $4.99 per month with ads, and $7.99 without ads.Quibi has already unveiled a number of high-profile content, including #Freerayshawn starring Stephen James and Laurence Fishburne. The $15 million Sony TV project tells the story of a young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn (James) who is set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child. The project will be two-and-a-half hours long and broken into 15 chapters ranging from seven to 10 minutes.According to Variety, Quibi also has an untitled Steven Soderbergh project, a non-scripted series from James Corden’s Fulwell 73 featuring Israeli mentalist Lior Suchard, Punk’d and Singled Out reboots from MTV Studios, and the Anna Kendrick-fronted comedy Dummy.Watch: Steven Spielberg Is Facing Criticism After His Netflix ProposalMore on’s What It Would Really Take for People to Leave Netflix11 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own Streaming ShowsWerner Herzog: ‘The Mandalorian’ Is a ‘Phenomenal Achievement’last_img read more