“Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele has not one but two anthology series on the way – a reboot of “The Twilight Zone” for CBS All Access, and the surreal “Weird City” for YouTube Premium.
The latter is set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertain to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.
Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, recently spoke about “Weird City” and explains how it will differentiate itself from “The Twilight Zone”. One key difference? “Weird City” will be an interconnected universe:
“For one thing, [Weird City] has connective tissue. The weird city is the same weird city. There are different stories every week that happen in the weird city but there’s a few ongoing characters and ongoing locations. That differentiates it.”
Peele and Charlie Sanders co-created “Weird City” with numerous guest stars having been announced including Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Ed O’Neill, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Laverne Cox and LeVar Burton among others.
YouTube is also developing a series based on the movie “Edge of Seventeen,” and recently renewed shows like “Cobra Kai,” “Step Up: High Water” and “Impulse” for second seasons.