Steven Speilberg broke onto the Hollywood scene in a big way with his second feature film Jaws starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and a huge shark. The film is considered by many (including this guy) to be a "horror movie" and yet with all the acclaim Speilberg gathered within our beloved genre, the man has never returned to direct another scary outing, though he has been involved with some classics over the years like Poltergeist, Gremlins and The Twilight Zone. Now he is back. Today we have word that the big man himself will be writing a new horror series, which is being developed for Quibi under the title Spielberg's After Dark. And get this, users will only be able to watch the program after midnight.
Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg was at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada on Sunday and said this.
"Steven Spielberg came in, and said, 'I have a super scary story I want to do. He's writing it himself. He hasn't [written anything in a while] so getting him to write something is fantastic."
For those of you out there that don't know what Quibi is, no worries, I'll explain below. But sticking to this killer-sounding Spielberg's After Dark series, for the time being, Katzenberg went on to say that Spielberg has already "written five or six episodes of a 10- or 12-chapter story." It turns out that Quibi labels their "episodes" as "chapters," like a novel. 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.
So precisely how does THAT work? Well, given that phones can track where you are at the moment as a viewer, it can also keep track of just when the sun rises and sets in your area. Thanks, big brother! Anyhow, this streaming platform came up with the idea of - wait for it - a clock. Yes, a timer will appear on your phone, and it will begin ticking down until the sun sets in your area until it's completely gone. Then this spooky clock will start ticking again to when the sun comes back up - and the show will disappear until the next night. Yes, I know what you're thinking: This is a horror story all on its own.
But anyhow, we'll keep you up to date as we hear more on this Spielberg's After Dark series as it develops. Now let's talk Quibi itself, as promised above. Quibi is being described as a "burgeoning short-form programming incubator," and the name is short for "quick bites." Katzenberg says that virtually every major media conglomerate is an investor and the upcoming service has raised $1 billion thus far. Wowza. Quibi will offer 125 pieces of content a week from talents such as the above-mentioned Steven Spielberg, along with the likes of Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), and Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead). Other names currently 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). Quibi is heading towards a launch in April 2020. This story comes to us via Variety.