“50 States of Fright” will explore different urban legends from across the U.S.
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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan and Christina Ricci are set to appear in a new horror anthology series for Quibi, the upcoming mobile-only streaming service spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg. “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi will serve as one of the show’s executive producer.
The series, titled “50 States of Fright,” will explore different urban legends from across the U.S. Each episode will feature different stars and stories, with Brosnahan starring alongside Travis Fimmel (“Vikings”) and John Marshall Jones (“The Last Revolutionary”) in an episode directed and co-written by Raimi and based on a Michigan urban legend.
Ricci will be joined by Jacob Batalon (“Spiderman: Far From Home”) in an episode titled “Red Rum,” on a scary story from Colorado. Ming-Na Wen (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), Ron Livingston (“A Million Little Things”) and Asa Butterfield (“Sex Education”) will also star in “50 States of Freight” episodes.
The show comes from Alter, Gunpowder & Sky’s new horror brand, POD 3 and Diga Studios. Executive producers on the show, aside from Raimi, include Debbie Liebling of POD 3, Gundpower & Sky CEO Van Toffler, Tony DiSanto, Cody Zweig, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale and Chris Mangano.
“The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators,” Toffler said in a statement. “With ’50 States of Fright’ we sought out a diverse group of breakthrough performers and fearless horror visionaries and partnered them with Sam Raimi to oversee the creative process. This winning formula ensures we’ll get a s—load of scares.”
Quibi, founded by Katzenberg and led by CEO Meg Whitman, has already greenlit dozens of shows from a who’s who of stars, including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Don Cheadle, Stephen Curry, Anna Kendrick, Idris Elba, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, among others. The Los Angeles-based company added a series earlier this week that’ll follow “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah around the U.S. and abroad.
Quibi shows will only be available on mobile devices, with each episode running no longer than 10 minutes. The app will cost viewers $4.99 per month for ad-supported viewing, or run $7.99 for ad-free viewing when it debuts next spring.
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