Starz is teaming up with Gregg Araki, director of Kaboom and Mysterious Skin, on a new half-hour series titled Now Apocalypse. The comedy series was created by Araki and will be executive produced by Araki, Steven Soderbergh, and Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL, Red Oaks).
Per Starz’ official announcement, the first season will consist of 10 episodes.
Now Apocalypse is described as a “sexy, vibrant and fast-moving series.” Starz’ press release also drops in a mention of aliens. Araki is set to co-write and direct season one, with Karley Sciortino co-writing. He’s currently busy in the casting process, and Starz has not yet announced a targeted premiere date.
“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,” stated 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.”
“If this isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever read, it’s tied for first,” said Oscar and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky, The Girlfriend Experience). “We will not be responsible for people’s heads splitting in half when they see it.”
The Plot: This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine, who are on various quests pursing 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?