We hope you love the dark because Jaws and Jurassic Park filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be penning a “super scary” story for mobile viewing service Quibi. Variety reports that the catch with this horror series is that it can only be watched when it’s dark outside.
The Super Scary Story By Steven Spielberg
Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said that:
“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.”
Spielberg last penned his own A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The visionary filmmaker earlier scripted 1982 Tobe Hooper-director horror hit Poltergeist, where writer-producer Spielberg acted as a major creative force.
Katzenberg has also said that, Spielberg has already “written five or six episodes of a 10-or 12-chapter story.” It is being developed under the title Spielberg’s After Dark
What Is Quibi?
Quibi is specifically designed for entertainment consumers on the go. It calls its episodes- which are just seven to 10 minutes in length- “chapters,” and per Spielberg’s request, After Dark will only be viewable when a countdown clock on a user’s phone indicates it’s nighttime in their area. The show will disappear during daylight hours.
Katzenberg said of their service, named for “quick bites” that:
“What Quibi is doing it’s not really short form.”
The service is planning to launch in April 2020 after raising $1 billion from investors. Quibi hopes to usher in a “third generation of film narrative.”
Jeffrey Katzenberg also said that:
“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.”
Katzenberg has also promised that Quibi will boast of 125 pieces of content per week and 7,000 pieces of entertainment in its first year. Among then will be right “super premium” titles. Which are referred to by Katzenberg as “movies” which will be ready for viewing at launch.