QUIBI ANNOUNCES NEW HORROR SERIES "50 STATES OF FRIGHT" FROM GUNPOWDER & SKY'S ALTER, DIGA STUDIOS AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SAM RAIMI STARRING RACHEL BROSNAHAN, TRAVIS FIMMEL, CHRISTINA RICCI, JACOB BATALON, MING-NA WEN, TAISSA FARMIGA, ASA BUTTERFIELD, JOHN MARSHALL JONES, AND RON LIVINGSTON
The Complete List Of Writers And Directors Also Announced For Series Inspired By Scariest Urban Legends
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 3, 2019 - Quibi, Gunpowder & Sky's new horror brand, ALTER, that explores the human condition through warped perspectives, along with DIGA Studios and POD 3 announced today that Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel, Christina Ricci, Jacob Batalon, Ming-Na Wen, Taissa Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, John Marshall Jones and Ron Livingston will each star in an episode of the upcoming horror anthology series, "50 States of Fright." The first season of "50 States of Fright" will explore stories based on urban legends from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of our country.
Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings", Warcraft: The Beginning) and John Marshall Jones (The Last Revolutionary, "Rectify") are set to star in "The Golden Arm" based on a famous urban legend out of Michigan, co-written by Sam Raimi (Spider Man, Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead) and Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, Darkman) and directed by Sam Raimi.
Christina Ricci ("Monster," "Z: The Beginning of Everything") and Jacob Batalon (Spiderman: Homecoming, Spiderman: Far From Home) will play lead roles in "Red Rum," which follows the storyline of Colorado's scariest story.
Ming-Na Wen ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "The Mandalorian") is signed on to star in "America's Largest Ball of Twine," based on Kansas myth.
Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, "American Horror Story") and Ron Livingston ("Loudermilk," "A Million Little Things") are set to co-star in "Almost There," Iowa's frightening folklore, which will be written and directed by Iowa natives Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt).
Asa Butterfield ("Sex Education", "Hugo") is cast as the male lead in "Grey Cloud Island" a chilling tale from Minnesota.
"The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators," said Van Toffler, CEO, Gunpowder & Sky. "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."
The following is the complete list of writers and directors:
· "GOLDEN ARM" - MICHIGAN - Sam Raimi (Spider Man, Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead): to direct and co-write with Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, Darkman): to co-write
· "ALMOST THERE" - IOWA - Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt): to write and direct
· "AMERICA'S LARGEST BALL OF TWINE" - KANSAS - Yoko Okumura ("Facets," Fed Up, Only the Young): to direct and Mae Catt ("TRANSFORMERS: CYBERVERSE"): to write
· "13 STEPS TO HELL" - WASHINGTON - Sarah Conradt-Kroehler (Out of Her Mind): to write and Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground): to direct
· "RED RUM" - COLORADO - Isa Mazzei (CAM) & Daniel Goldhaber (CAM): to co-write and Goldhaber: to direct
· "DOGWOOD - AZALEA" - MISSOURI - Cate Devaney (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil, Dr. Strange): to write and direct
· "SANTERIA" - FLORIDA - Greg Hale (Avengers, Iron Man, The Day After Tomorrow, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2) and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project, "Queen of the South", "Supernatural"): to co-write and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead, Nightmare Cinema): to direct
· "SCARED STIFF" - OREGON - Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Series): to write and direct
· "GREY CLOUD ISLAND" - MINNESOTA - Adam Schindler (Intruders, Delivery: The Beast Within) and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within): to write and direct
Series to be executive produced by Sam Raimi and Debbie Liebling ("Pen 15," Plus One) through POD 3, Van Toffler, Tony DiSanto, Cody Zwieg, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale and Chris Mangano.
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ABOUT GUNPOWDER & SKY
Gunpowder & Sky is a fast growing independent global entertainment company, creating premium content unrestricted by format, as well as genre-specific destinations for the streaming generation.
Since its inception in 2016, Gunpowder & Sky has released more than 30 feature films and series, as well as hundreds of short films theatrically, on TVOD as well as in partnership with leading platforms such as HBO, Netflix, MTV, Hulu, Sky, Showtime, DirecTV, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and soon Quibi and HBO Max.
With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of more than 1500 titles. Notable films and series include The Little Hours, Cam, Hearts Beat Loud, Lords of Chaos, Her Smell, Tragedy Girls, Summer of 84, Villains, Hounds of Love, "50 States of Fright" and "Drawn and Recorded".
With an audience of more than 50M monthly unique visitors, Gunpowder & Sky's current streaming networks include DUST, a sci-fi brand that presents thought-provoking visions of the future; ALTER, a new horror brand that explores the human condition through warped perspectives; and CUT, an unscripted comedy brand that is home to "Truth or Drink" and "Grandmas Smoking Weed". DUST, ALTER and CUT are presently distributed on HBO, Vizio TV, Comcast FLEX, Roku, YouTube, Facebook, AT&T, DirecTV, Sinclair, Samsung TV Plus and Instagram.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York and London, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.
ALTER is a new horror brand for novel and grounded stories exploring the human condition through warped and uncanny perspectives.
Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER's owned and operated channel is distributed across YouTube and Facebook where three short films or series are released each week. In addition to curating and distributing award-winning content, ALTER develops unique stories with some of the most innovative minds in the genre through its ALTER Studio projects - which are not bound to a particular platform or format.
Recent releases include the official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection, Summer of 84, the thriller directed by RKSS (Turbo Kid); CAM (in partnership with Blumhouse), winner of Best Screenplay at last year's Fantasia Festival, which was acquired by Netflix; and Goodnight, Gracie from Stellan Kendrick, one of ALTER's first exclusive premieres. Later this year, ALTER will release the SXSW selection Villains - starring Bill Skarsgard (It) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) - in theaters.
Projects currently in development include "50 States of Fright", in partnership with Executive Producers Sam Raimi and Debbie Liebling through POD 3 and DIGA Studios (MTV's Scream). The anthology is the first announced series for Jeffrey Katzenberg's new mobile video startup, Quibi.