Not going to lie to you – I don’t know much about this new entertainment portal Quibi but – after some quick research – it’s not that hard to figure out. Short little bites of fun – that promise to be a quick as they are entertaining – available on-demand on your smartphone.
This particular title is of interest to genre fans because of the inclusion of one name – Sam Raimi.
Titled 50 States Of Fright – each little story will revolve around a state here in the good ole USA.
Season One will consist of the following:
– “Golden Arm” – Michigan – Sam Raimi (Spider Man, Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead): to direct and co-write with Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, Darkman): to co-write
– “Almost There” – Iowa – Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt): to write and direct
– “America’s Largest Ball of Twine” – Kansas – Yoko Okumura (Facets, Fed Up, Only the Young): to direct and Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse): to write
– “13 Steps to Hell” – Washington – Sarah Conradt-Kroehler (Out of Her Mind): to write and Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground): to direct
– “Red Rum” – Colorado – Isa Mazzei (Cam) & Daniel Goldhaber (Cam): to co-write and Goldhaber: to direct
– “Dogwood – Azalea” – Missouri – Cate Devaney (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil, Dr. Strange): to write and direct
– “Santeria” – Florida – Greg Hale (Avengers, Iron Man, The Day After Tomorrow, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2) and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project, Queen of the South, Supernatural): to co-write and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead, Nightmare Cinema): to direct
– “Scared Stiff” – Oregon – Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Series): to write and direct
– “Grey Cloud Island” – Minnesota – Adam Schindler (Intruders, Delivery: The Beast Within) and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within): to write and direct
You also want some star power you say? Seems that have that covered as well. According to AITH – Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel, and John Marshall Jones will be starring in Raimi’s The Golden Arm; Christina Ricci, Victoria Justice, and Jacob Batalon star in Red Rum; Ming-Na Wen and Karen Allen will be in America’s Largest Ball of Twine; Taissa Farmiga and Ron Livingston are in Almost There; Scared Stiff will star James Ransone and Emily Hampshire; Asa Butterfield is the lead in Grey Cloud Island, with Alex Fitzalan co-starring; Elizabeth Reaser, Warren Christie, and William B. Davis are signed on for Dogwood – Azalea; Rory Culkin is the lead in 13 Steps to Hell; and Danay Garcia will star in Santeria.
Oh yeah – almost forgot – here’s that trailer:
So, Quibi has its big debut on April 6th – not sure if 50 States will be part of that rollout but – they do mention that the series will be available sometime in April.
What do you think? Something worth checking out? Yeah – I think so too.