YouTube has approved a straight-to-series order for ‘Weird City,’ a half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology from Oscar and Emmy winner Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) and Emmy-nominated writer Charlie Sanders (‘Key and Peele’).
‘Weird City’ will feature six episodes and will debut exclusively on YouTube Premium in 2019. Adam Bernstein (‘Fargo,’ ‘Scrubs,’ ‘30 Rock’) will direct the first two episodes and Jose Molina (‘The Tick,’ ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’) will executive produce and serve as show-runner for the series.
‘Weird City’ is an anthology series set in a not-too-distant future city named Weird. Each episode explores issues that pertain to present day life, told through sci-fi and comedy. The new series is produced by Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic and Raskal Productions. Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will executive produce along with Win Rosenfeld who will executive produce through Monkeypaw, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni through Sonar Entertainment, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller through Mosaic and Keith Raskin and Linda Morel through Raskal Productions.
Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content at YouTube had this to say about working with Peele and his team:
“We are thrilled to be in business with Jordan, Charlie and Jose, who have brilliantly created a highly entertaining satire that will be a timely send up of modern society. We are excited to partner with Sonar Entertainment and all of the innovative storytellers behind ‘Weird City’ to push boundaries and redefine what a comedy series can be.”
Peele also spoke about the partnership and the content he hopes to bring to the table, saying:
“Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters.’ Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.”
Tom Lesinski, CEO of Sonar Entertainment said:
“We’re excited to work with Jordan, Charlie and YouTube to share this unique and timely series with audiences. Jordan’s ability to capture the zeitgeist through genre-bending storytelling is unparalleled, and that certainly is the case with ‘Weird City.’”
No release date has been given for ‘Weird City’ but keep checking back with ScienceFiction.com for continuing updates!