Quibi, aka the upcoming streaming service where all the TV series episodes are about 7-10 minutes long, has added another intriguing small screen project to its in-development slate.
Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) has grabbed a starring role in Wireless, which touts Steven Soderbergh as its executive producer. The show has been created for Quibi by a pair of newcomers called Zach Wechter and Jack Seidman, whose short film Pocket definitely seems to have caught the attention of Soderbergh.
Per Deadline, Wireless follows Sheridan’s “self-obsessed college student” as he gets stranded in the Colorado mountains. His only hope for survival? His phone – the thriller appears to be entirely set inside his crashed car, as he clutches “the quickly dying phone that now is his lifeline.”
“Wireless explores the personal relationship we all have with our devices and brings life-and-death stakes to the choices we make in the digital world,” Wechter said. “We’ve been designing stories specifically to be viewed on phones with our mobile filmmaking collective Pickpocket, and I couldn’t be more excited to have partners as dedicated to experimenting in the form as we are in Quibi, and the rest of our incredible collaborators on this project.”
“When I saw their short, Pocket, I thought, ‘Could be fun to do something with these filmmakers,’ and when I talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg I thought, ‘Could be fun to do something with Quibi,'” Soderbergh said. “That my musings became a reality with Wireless is surprising, exciting and further proof of my insane good fortune.”
Soderberg added “Wireless has found the perfect home on the Quibi platform. It’s been exciting to open up and explore cinematically how to tell this super fresh and modern story utilizing this incredible format, which will surely hook audiences into a next level viewing experience.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this project,” said Sheridan. “It’s a completely new way of storytelling, a format that is the first of its kind, and I truly believe that it will establish an important new language and pave the way for many more like it in the future.”
Other series in the works at Quibi include rideshare thriller The Stranger, starring Dane DeHaan and Maika Monroe; an action project from Sopranos writer Nick Santora with Christoph Waltz, and Sophie Turner’s plane crash drama, Survive.
No release date has yet been set, but we’ll bring you more on Wireless as it develops.