Tye Sheridan will star in the Steven Soderbergh-executive produced scripted series titled “Wireless” at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi, the company announced on Thursday.
The thrilling survival series was created and executive produced by Jack Seidman and Zach Wechter. Soderbergh, Michael Sugar, Cathy Konrad and Danny Sherman are also executive producing, while Wechter will direct the series that is beginning product this week. Christian Heuer, Pickpockets’ Matt Pittman and Mike Glasz, Treeline Film and Propagate are producing the series. Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Greg Lipstone are executive producers for Propagate along with Isabel San Vargas, who is a producer.
Sheridan will play a self-obsessed college student stranded in the Colorado mountains, whose only hope for survival is his smartphone.
“‘Wireless’ explores the personal relationship we all have with our devices, and brings life-and-death stakes to the choices we make in the digital world,” Wechter said. “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.”
Soderbergh added: “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.”
“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,” Sheridan said.
Sheridan’s credits include “Tree of Life,” “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “The Mountain,” “Ready Player One,” “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “The Forger” and “Dark Places.” He will next star in “Age Out” opposite Imogen Poots and in “Voyagers” opposite Colin Farrell.
Sheridan is represented by WME, Mosaic and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Wechter is represented by UTA and Thruline Entertainment. Seidman is represented by Thruline Entertainment.