One of the many influences accredited to Jordan Peele’s Oscar winning screenplay for Get Out is that it in some ways mirrored The Twilight Zone—using genre elements of horror and science fiction to talk about contemporary realities that are far scarier. Well, we’re about to see how far that influence just might go in Peele’s return to television—albeit not cable. Indeed, YouTube announced Thursday its straight-to-series order of Weird Series, a new anthology series that will tackle science fiction elements from a series of stories co-written by Peele and Charlie Sanders, the latter of whom was a writer on Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key’s Key and Peele.
The news is part of a big push by YouTube to more competitively enter a streaming market that’s already dominated by the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. The straight to series order comes on the heels of news that YouTube is ordering On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a new dark comedy series that stars Kirsten Dunst and is produced by George Clooney. The straight-to-series order for Weird City guarantees that YouTube will produce six half hour episodes of the new comedy series, which additionally has Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow) attached to act as showruner and executive producer.
All six episodes of Weird City’s initial season will be co-written by Peele and Sanders, and it will follow the lives of those who inhabit the city of Weird in the not-too-distant future, as well as obviously explore contemporary issues of modern life through the prism of science fiction and comedy.
This also comes on the heels of it being announced that Peele is writing and directing his next feature after Get Out, another “social horror-thriller” entitled Us. That movie is in pre-production and has Lupita Nyong’o attached to star, as well as Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke rumored to be circling the project.
The first two episodes of Weird City will be directed by Adam Bernstein of Fargo, Scrubs, and 30 Rock. Weird City is expected to premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019.