The half-hour comedy series is described as a surreal coming-of-age comedy about a group of friends pursuing love, sex and fame in Los Angeles. It mainly focuses on a young pot-smoking man named Ulysses who has been having dreams about a dark conspiracy, which is in line with some of Araki’s film work, being a coming-of-age story that involves weed.
Starz has ordered a ten-episode first season of Now Apocalypse, all of which will be co-written by author and Vice.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino, who created and hosts Slutever on Viceland.
This will be the second dramatic series exec. produced by Soderbergh for Starz following the drama The Girlfriend Experience, based on Soderbergh’s indie film of the same name, as well as exec. producing Red Oaks for Amazon, The Knick for Cinemax, HBO’s Mosaic and the Western Godless for Netflix, and directing episodes of The Knick and Mosaic.
“If this isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever read, it’s tied for first,” said Soderbergh in a statement. “We will not be responsible for people’s heads splitting in half when they see it.”
Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, added: “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.’ 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.”
Represented by ICM Partners, Three Six Zero Group and Surpin, Mayersohn & Coghill, Araki worked for years in the realm of indie film with movies like Mysterious Skin and Kaboom, but he has forayed into television directing episodes of 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, Riverdale for the CW and Red Oaks for Amazon Studios, the latter which was co-created and exec. produced by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Gregory Jacobs.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor