Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hulu Orders Anthology 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' Comedy 'Ramy' and Drama 'Into the Dark'

During its upfront presentation to ad buyers today, Hulu handed out series orders to the monthly drama Into the Dark, anthology Four Weddings and a Funeral and comedy Ramy.

Into the Dark will feature 12 standalone feature-length episodes with new installments debuting the first Friday of every month throughout the year. Each episode is inspired by a holiday from the month of its release with a genre/thriller spin on its story.

The first installment is titled "The Body" and will debut on October 5, 2018. It takes place on Halloween night in Los Angeles and explores the selfie culture. It's based on the short film of the same name and follows a hitman who carries out his work in style. Paul Davis will direct from a script by Paul Fisher. Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau, David Hull and Ray Santiago will star.

The second installment is titled "Flesh & Blood" and will debut on November 2, 2018. Set on the eve of Thanksgiving a year after the mother's death, Dermot Mulroney stars as a doting father trying to help his teenage daughter, who suffers from agoraphobia and has not left the house since her mother's unsolved murder. Dana Silver and Tembi Locke will co-star. Patrick Lussier is directing.

Jason Blum and Alexa Faigen serve as executive producers. Blumhouse Television produces.

Four Weddings and a Funeral is an anthology adaptation of the 1994 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. The series follows a group of friends as their lives intersect through five events.

The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton created the series. They executive produce with Richard Curtis, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Universal Television, MGM Television, Working Title Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Kaling International produce.

It's currently unclear if Kaling - who co-created and recurs on NBC's Champions as well as having starring roles in feature films A Wrinkle in Time and Ocean's 8 - will have an onscreen role in the series.

Ramy stars stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef as an Egyptian-American Muslim man caught up in what it means to be Arab, American and Muslim at a time when those identity markers are going through a crisis of definition. The series takes viewers into the world of a first-generation American Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. Ramy explores the challenges of what's it's like being caught between an Egyptian community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences.

Youssef co-created the comedy with Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch. They executive produce with Jerrod Carmichael. A24 produces.