Peele, Jordan: Oscar Winner (Get Out) to Create Comedic Sci-Fi Anthology

YouTube Premium has ordered a comedic sci-fi anthology series from co-creators Jordan Peele (Oscar winner for Get Out) and former “Key & Peele” writer Charlie Sanders.

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Jordan Peele, ‘Get Out’ – Best Director
33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 03 Mar 2018

“Weird City,” as it is called, is set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertains to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.

The series is written by Jordan and Sanders and produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic, and Raskal Productions. Jose Molina will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will also serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, who will executive produce for Monkeypaw, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni for Sonar, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller for Mosaic, and Keith Raskin and Linda Morel for Raskal.

The six-episode series will debut in 2019. Emmy winner Adam Bernsteinis set to direct the first two episodes.

“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’,” said Peele. “Now, with YouTube we present 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.”

 

In addition to his film work, Peele currently has multiple TV projects set up across a range of networks and streaming services. He is also an executive producer on the Tracy Morgan-led comedy “The Last OG” at TBS, which just wrapped up its first season. At HBO, he is executive producing “Lovecraft Country,” based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff.

On the streaming side, in addition to “The Twilight Zone” reboot, Peele has set up the Nazi hunter drama “The Hunt” and a Lorena Bobbitt docu-series at Amazon. The Oscar-winner and his Monkeypaw Productions banner signed a first look TV deal with the streaming company.

This also marks the second series order from YouTube this week. The streamer also picked up the dark comedy “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” starring and executive produced by Kirsten Dunst. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will also executive produce that series via their Smokehouse Pictures banner.