Steven Spielberg developing horror series you can only watch at night
Steven Spielberg is headed back to horror with a new upcoming series that will be so freaky, people have to watch it in the dark.
The director has reportedly signed up for an experimental series Spielberg After Dark to run on Quibi, a content startup.
“Steven Spielberg came in and said, ‘I have a super scary story,’” Jeffrey Katzenberg, who crated Quibi, said. “But he said, ‘I only want people to watch it at midnight. It’s a creepy idea and when they watch it, I want it to be creepier.”
The series will be split up into 12 to 14 short videos that will only be available for stream based on when the sun goes down in a users’ geographical location.
Spielberg’s more recent projects include Ready Player One as well as an untitled Indiana Jones project and West Side Story.
As far as horror goes, he hasn’t done anything in the genre in a while. He's known for his work for films like Poltergeist, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, Close Encounters With The Third Kind and more. The series will be the first time since the original Poltergeist in 1982 that he will have credit for writing a screenplay.
We’ll have to wait to hear more information about the new streaming service, which boasts shorter videos for people to enjoy, and more.
More Steven Spielberg news
Back in March, it was reported that Spielberg would voice his concerns at the Academy’s post-Oscars debrief.
The concerns come after Netflix’s Roma won big at the Oscars this year. The film was nominated for 10 awards and took home three for best foreign language film, best cinematography and best director.
“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Amblin, Spielberg’s production company, said.
His complaints are due to the nature of streaming-based films. They have a wider global distribution model than traditional films.
Additionally, Spielberg thinks that all films made under a streaming giant should instead be eligible to win an Emmy, the Oscar’s television counterpart.
After the rumors circulated about Spielberg’s plans, Netflix fired back on Twitter.“We love cinema. Here are some things we also love: -Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters – Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time -Giving filmmakers more ways to share art,” the tweet reads.
This year, The Favourite and Netflix’s Roma tied for the most Oscars nominations. Plus, some of our favorites—A Star Is Born, A Quiet Place, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Incredibles 2—were nominated for a handful of awards. You can check out a full list of Oscar nominees and winners here.
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