Quibi has ordered a comedy series starring Dave Franco called “The Now.”
Directed by the Oscar-winning duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly of “Green Book” fame, the series will be produced by Anonymous Content.
Described as “a comedy that examines what exactly makes life worth living,” the series follows Ed Poole (Franco), who finds clarity when a secret from his past emerges and seemingly destroys his future. He soon realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and just live in “THE NOW.”
Peter Farrelly, Steve Leff and Pete Jones signed on to write, while Steve Golin and Jeff Okin will executive produce.
Franco is an actor, producer and director most recently seen in Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-nominated drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” as well as alongside his brother James Franco in “The Disaster Artist.” He recently wrapped production on his feature directorial debut, “The Rental.” His other film credits include “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors,” “Now You See Me” and its sequel, as well as “Nerve,” “The Little Hours,” “6 Balloons,” and “Warm Bodies.” He also voiced a character in “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” On television, he’s appeared in “Scrubs” and Netflix’s “Easy.”
Quibi has greenlit dozens of shows from a number of big stars, including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Don Cheadle, Stephen Curry, Anna Kendrick, Idris Elba, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, among others. The Los Angeles-based company that comes from DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and business executive Meg Whitman recently added a horror anthology series that will feature “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan and Christina Ricci.
Shows will only be available on mobile devices, with each episode running no longer than 10 minutes. The app will cost viewers $4.99 per month for ad-supported viewing, or run $7.99 for ad-free viewing when it debuts next spring.