Today, Quibi announced a scripted series, WIRELESS, starring Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One). The thrilling survival series created and executive produced by Jack Seidman and Zach Wechter has been greenlit by Quibi. The project will also be executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Michael Sugar, Cathy Konrad, and Danny Sherman. Wechter will direct the series beginning production this week. Christian Heuer, Pickpocket, Treeline Film and Propagate are producing the series.
Stranded in the Colorado mountains, Sheridan will play a self-obsessed college student whose only hope for survival is the tool he has spent his whole life learning to use: his smartphone. Set inside the car he crashed and the quickly dying phone that is now his lifeline, WIRELESS is a survival movie for the next generation about the lies we tell through our phones, and the lies our phones tell us.
“WIRELESS explores the personal relationship we all have with our device, and brings life-and-death stakes to the choices we make in the digital world,” stated Zach Wechter. “We’ve been designing stories specifically to be viewed on phones with our mobile filmmaking collective Pickpocket, and I couldn’t be more excited to have partners as dedicated to experimenting in the form as we are in Quibi, and the rest of our incredible collaborators on this project.”
“When I saw their short, Pocket, I thought, ‘Could be fun to do something with these filmmakers,’ and when I talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg I thought, ‘Could be fun to do something with Quibi.’ That my musings became a reality with WIRELESS is surprising, exciting and further proof of my insane good fortune,” said Steven Soderbergh.
“WIRELESS has found the perfect home on the Quibi platform,” said Cathy Konrad, Executive Producer with Treeline Film. “It’s been exciting to open up and explore cinematically how to tell this super fresh and modern story utilizing this incredible format, which will surely hook audiences into a next-level viewing experience.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this project. It’s a completely new way of storytelling, a format that is the first of its kind, and I truly believe that it will establish an important new language and pave the way for many more like it in the future,” said Tye Sheridan.
Sheridan is represented by WME, Mosaic and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Wechter is represented by UTA, Thruline Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Seidman is represented by Thruline Entertainment.
Quibi launches April 6, 2020 in the US. To stay up-to-date on all of Quibi’s latest shows, including WIRELESS, sign up at Quibi.com.