In case you haven’t been paying attention for the past year and a half, Jordan Peele is on a roll these days. The numerous critical and commercial successes of his directorial debut Get Out, the all-star cast of his next film titled Us and even rumors that he’s attempting to convince Disney to team up with him for a reboot of Gargoyles? The man is on fire right now and it’s exciting to see his rapid ascent in Hollywood.
That trend continues with the official announcement that YouTube has given Peele a straight-to-series order for a new comedic sci-fi anthology series titled Weird City. Peele will team up with Emmy-nominated writer Charlie Sanders, a former co-worker of Peele’s on his old Comedy Central show Key & Peele, to write the six-episode long series. The first two episodes of the show are currently set to be directed by Adam Bernstein (Fargo, Scrubs, 30 Rock), while Jose Molina (The Tick, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow) will serve as both showrunner and executive producer.
Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content at YouTube, commented:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Peele himself said:
“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 added:
“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.”
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