Jordan Peele to produce sci-fi anthology series for YouTube Premium


Jordan Peele sets sci-fi comedy anthology series Weird City at YouTube Premium.

The increasingly busy Jordan Peele will be writing and producing a comedic anthology series in partnership with Key and Peele writer Charlie Sanders.

The socially conscious series will tackle a number of modern day issues through the lens of sci-fi comedy as it tells various stories set in the not-so-distant future city called Weird. The six-episode series will premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019.

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Peele and Sanders have a history of tackling issues through comedy on the series Key and Peele.

“Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the Black Republicans to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to Family Matters,” Peele said.

Peele describes the show as “a series of comedy-driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.”

Along with Peele and Sanders, Jose Molina will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Adam Bernstein set to direct two episodes.

This sounds a little like a twisted version of The Twilight Zone, which is apt considering Peele is currently executive producing a Twilight Zone reboot at CBS All Access. Both these shows sound like perfect projects for the funny and intelligent Peele, who has shown a distinct interest in socially conscious entertainment and satire.

His other television projects include The Last OG starring Tracy Morgan, an adaptation of the Mark Ruff novel Lovecraft Country for HBO, and a Nazi hunter drama and a Lorena Bobbitt docu-series for Amazon.

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I can’t wait to see Weird City. I’m excited to see something that Peele isn’t only executive producing, but actually writing and working on in a creative position. Peele has proven himself a canny and intelligent writer.

He knows just how to use genre tropes to make a point and is just as adept at subverting those tropes and evolving genre.

Source: Variety