Steven Spielberg has a new project unlike anything he’s done before, penning a scary story for the new storytelling app, Quibi.
Most of us know Steven Spielberg for his work directing blockbuster flicks like the Indiana Jones franchise, E.T., Jaws and more. But in his new partnership with the forthcoming app Quibi, he’ll be stretching his skills as a writer with a new series.
As Variety reports, Spielberg will be penning a scary story for a new series for the new app, but according to Jeffrey Katzenberg, the founder of Quibi, you’ll only be able to watch when it’s dark outside. Katzenberg explained at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada that Spielberg approached him, explaining that he had a “super scary story” he wanted to write, and naturally Katzenberg jumped at the chance to have a big name like Spielberg’s featured on the app.
Spielberg is writing the story himself, and so far has penned five or six episodes (called chapters on Quibi) to the spooky tale. All told, the story should end up being 10 to 12 chapters on Quibi. The story is slated to be called Spielberg’s After Dark.
Spielberg requested that After Dark only be available to users after midnight, and Katzenberg tasked his team with coming up with a creative way to make the story only available when it was spookiest. The result is that Quibi users who want to check out Spielberg’s new project will see a clock on the app that will count down to the moment the sun has set completely, and it will be only after that point that you’ll be able to read the work. Once the sun sets, a clock will reappear counting down the minutes until the sun rises, when the story will be unavailable until the next night.
But don’t worry if you’re not much of a night owl, because you won’t have to stay up super late to make sure you catch the latest chapter of Spielberg’s After Dark. Quibi, which stands for “quick bites” is a storytelling medium that releases content in seven to 10-minute chapters, and they’re shot specifically to be watched on the go.
We don’t have a specific launch date for Spielberg’s After Dark, but we do know that Quibi will be launching in April of 2020 with several subscription tiers based on your budget and your desire to eliminate ads. You can be kept up to date with the app launch on their website.