Steven Spielberg Is Writing a Horror Series That You Can Only Watch At Night

Spielberg’s After Dark horror series will only be able to be streamed when it’s dark outside. It’ll be available exclusively on Quibi (short for “Quick Bites”), a new streaming platform dedicated to short-form video, created by former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman. Variety reports: Spielberg had an unusual request however: He wanted viewers to only be able to watch the program after midnight. Given that phones can track where it is at the moment — and keep tabs on when the sun rises and sets in its area — Katzenberg and Whitman challenged their engineers to come up with an idea for how to view the show when it’s spooky out. The result: A clock will appear on phones, ticking down until sun sets in wherever that user is, until it’s completely gone. Then the clock starts ticking again to when the sun comes back up — and the show will disappear until the next night. According to the report, Quibi is planning for an April 2020 launch, and is “hoping to trigger a ‘third generation of film narrative,’ following movies and TV.”

“At launch, Quibi will offer a two-week free trial period, and have eight ‘super premium’ productions (which Katzenberg still called ‘movies’) ready to view,” reports Variety. “After that, there will be 26 more ‘lighthouse’ (read: signature projects) productions that will roll out, every other Monday, for the first year.”

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