Monday, March 26, 2018

Starz Orders 10 Episodes of Comedy 'Now Apocalypse' from Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh

Starz has ordered 10 episodes of the original comedy series Now Apocalypse created by Gregg Araki (Kaboom) and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh (The Knick, Mosaic). 

The coming-of-age comedy follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine, who are on various quests pursuing love, sex and fame. It 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?

Araki will co-write and direct all 10 episodes. Karley Sciortino (Slutever) will also write for the series and be credited as a consulting producer. Araki executive produces with Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs. Lionsgate Television will produce.

"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, 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."