Steven Spielberg is the latest to have been enlisted for the “Netflix for your phone”
Spielberg-supported Quibi streaming service is to concentrate on short-form content
Officially, all you have now is a page where you can leave your email address to be ’the first to know’ when soon, “something cool comes from Hollywood.” But the buzz around Quibi, the announced new streaming service, is heating up. As slashfilm.com reports quoting Deadline, it is no wonder that Jeffrey Katzenberg, the man behind Quibi, has been able to enlist his close friend, Steven Spielberg, to come up with “something creepy and super scary”, as he put it, as one of the initial offerings from the new service.
As the site reveals, Quibi will offer “quick bites of captivating entertainment, created for mobile by the best talent, designed to fit perfectly into any moment of your day.” (It is said that the run-times will be around 10 minutes). Katzenberg and his partner Meg Whitman are advertising Quibi as “Netflix for your phone”.
So far, it is known that along with Spielberg, the service will have projects by Steven Soderbergh, Antoine Fuqua, Anna Kendrick, Laurence Fishburne, and they just added Paul Feig to the list of contributors that is obviously still to grow.
As Deadline reports in more detail, Spielberg will write four or five chapters out of those 10-12 that are envisioned but is not supposed to direct them. He actually is making plans with the service for those chapters to be aired at midnight!
As far as the launch of Quibi is concerned, the current date set is April 6, 2020, with 25 pieces of content released per day, some 7,000 pieces in one year. A subscription of $4.99 is planed, with ads.