Spielberg's After Dark: New horror series by iconic director can only be watched at night

Series will be streamed exclusively by the Disney-backed service, Quibi

Charley Ross
Wednesday 12 June 2019 12:08 BST
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Director Steven Spielberg is hard at work on a horror TV series that will only be available for audiences to watch after dark.

At Banff World Media Festival, film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg confirmed reports of Spielberg's new project, which will be named Spielberg's After Dark. Fve or six episodes have been written, he said, which have been likened to chapters from a novel.

“Steven Spielberg came in, and said, ‘I have a super scary story I want to do,'” Katzenberg said. “He’s writing it himself. He hasn’t [written anything in a while] so getting him to write something is fantastic.”

He stated the director had made the request of exclusive night-time viewing to Quibi – the Disney-backed streaming service who will be exclusively featuring the series – who have confirmed with their engineers that this will go ahead.

An internal clock on each subscriber’s phone will limit access to episodes, so that they can only be watched between sunset and sunrise.

Spielberg has not always spoken in total support of streaming services like Quibi, stating that Netflix films should not win Oscars and has long pushed for the importance of preserving the experience of visiting the cinema and theatre.

Spielberg's After Dark will be the director's first writing project in a while. The last movie in his filmography that includes a writing credit for the director himself is AI Artificial Intelligence, which was released in 2001.

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