Starz just announced a new series, and judging by the talent involved, the show is shaping up to be unlike anything else on TV.
Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, who had previously worked with Starz on “The Girlfriend Experience” and “Now Apocalypse,” was just given a 10-episode straight-to-series order from the network. Filmmaker Gregg Araki, best known for films “Kaboom” and “Mysterious Skin,” is also on board the series, where he will co-write and direct every episode.
“Now Apocalypse” follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford, and Severine, as they venture on various questions pursuing love, sex, and fame. As Ulysses deals with sexual and romantic dating app experiences, he begins having foreboding premonitory dreams that the reality around him. According to Starz, the series “explores identity, sexuality, and artistry, while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.”
“If this isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever read, it’s tied for first,” said Soderbergh. “We will not be responsible for people’s heads splitting in half when they see it.”
“Gregg brings an incredibly unique and adventurous story to the Starz brand and we cannot wait for the world to meet the bold, sexy and fun characters of ‘Now Apocalypse’,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. “It’s exciting to bring diverse and compelling storytelling to the screen as part of Starz’s ongoing programming strategy to provide premium content to reach underserved audiences.”
As mentioned above, Araki is co-writing the series and is joined by writer Karley Sciortino, the author/columnist who created and hosts the series “Slutever” on Viceland.
Araki hasn’t directed a feature film since 2014’s “White Bird in a Blizzard,” but has been scratching his TV itch on a variety of series, including “American Crime,” “Red Oaks,” and “13 Reasons Why.” Exec producer Soderbergh is no stranger to TV, either. While he has worked with Starz previously, as we mentioned, he’s also responsible for “The Knick,” Netflix’s “Godless,” and HBO’s “Mosaic.”
“Now Apocalypse” doesn’t have a release date, but will soon join the aforementioned “The Girlfriend Experience,” “American Gods,” “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” “Sweetbitter,” and other series on the premium network.