Starz greenlights Araki and Soderbergh comedy series Now Apocalypse
Starz announced today the network has greenlit the half-hour comedy series Now Apocalypse, created and executive-produced by Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin). Araki will co-write and direct all 10 half-hour episodes of the sexy, vibrant, and fast-moving series that has a flipside of mythic, dreamlike creepiness.
This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford, and Severine, who are on various quests pursuing love, sex, and fame. Now Apocalypse explores identity, sexuality, and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder — is some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on, or is he just smoking too much weed?
Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz, said: “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. 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.”
“If this isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever read, it’s tied for first,” added Oscar and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky, The Knick). “We will not be responsible for people’s heads splitting in half when they see it.”
Executive producing with Araki and Soderbergh is Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL, Red Oaks). All 10 half-hour episodes are co-written by author and Vogue.com sex columnist Karly Sciortino, creator and host of Slutever on Viceland. Sciortino also serves as a consulting producer.