Quibi‘s short-form entertainment streaming platform has been rapidly expanding the talent it will showcase and one of the more interesting projects is the Sam Raimi produced ’50 States of Fright.’ This new anthology series is meant to give us horror based on urban legends, which takes place in each of the 50 states and has been quickly adding some amazing talent for the first season.
The first round of actors will feature Christina Ricci, Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel, Jacob Batalon, Ming-Na Wen, Taissa Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, John Marshall Jones, and Ron Livingston.
Quibi has a focus on 10-minute episode run times for content that is easy to digest on the move for mobile devices, so each of these episodes will have a limited run time. Also about the series, Gunpowder & Sky CEO Van Toffler has shared that:
“The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators. With 50 States of Fright, we sought out a diverse group of breakthrough performers and fearless horror visionaries and partnered them with Sam Raimi to oversee the creative process. This winning formula ensures we’ll get a shitload of scares.”
The first season will focus on Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington and here’s who will be attached to each one:
- “Golden Arm”: Brosnahan, Fimmel and John Marshall Jones (Grand Hotel, Bosch) star in the tale based on a famous urban legend from Michigan. Sam Raimi and brother Ivan Raimi, natives of the state, are writing, with Sam Raimi directing.
- “Red Rum”: Ricci and Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) star in a telling of Colorado’s scariest story from writers Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber (Cam); Goldhaber directs.
- “America’s Largest Ball of Twine”: Wen (Agents of SHIELD) stars in an installment based on a myth from Kansas. Yoko Okumura (Kimi Kabuki, Fed Up) directs, and Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse) writes.
- “Almost There”: Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Livingston (A Million Little Things) star in the Iowa-set story, written and directed by Hawkeye State natives Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).
- “Grey Cloud Island”: Butterfield (Sex Education) stars in a chilling tale from Minnesota, written and directed by Adam Schindler and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within).
- “13 Steps to Hell”: The story, set in Washington, is written by Sarah Conradt-Kroehler and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground).
- “Dogwood – Azalea”: It’s set in Missouri, and written and directed by Missouri native Cate Devaney (Doctor Strange).
- “Santeria”: This Florida story is written by Greg Hale (Mindhunter, The Avengers), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), with Brugués to direct.
- “Scared Stiff”: It’s set in Oregon and written and directed by Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Stories).
There is a slew of great talent both behind and in front of the camera for this series, and one has to suspect that the only downside is that these will all be short outings and we’ll be left wanting more.
Are you looking forward to checking out ’50 States of Fright’? Which of these actors are you most excited to see attached to the project? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Slash Film