Variety is reporting that filmmakers Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) and Steven Soderbergh (Mosaic) are set to executive produce the new half-hour comedy series Now Apocalypse, which has received a ten-episode straight-to-series order from premium cable network Starz.
Created by Araki and co-written by Vogue sex columnist Karley Sciortino, the show is said to be a surreal, coming of age comedy which “follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine, who are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame in Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on, or is he just smoking too much weed?”
“If this isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever read, it’s tied for first,” said Soderbergh, who also executive produces The Girlfriend Experience for Starz. “We will not be responsible for people’s heads splitting in half when they see it.”
“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,” added 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.”
In addition to films such as Mysterious Skin and Kaboom, Araki does have experience on the small screen, having directed episodes of Red Oaks, Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why.