“Killing Zac Efron” will foist the star into the jungle for three weeks as he looks to survive with only basic gear and a guide
Zac Efron is ready to tap into his hunter-gatherer DNA for a new adventure series for Quibi, the upcoming mobile-only streaming service from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the company shared on Wednesday morning.
The show, dubbed “Killing Zac Efron,” will place the “Greatest Showman” actor on an empty and dangerous island for three weeks. Looking to add his name to the list of exploration greats, Efron will have nothing but “basic gear, a guide partner and a will to survive” to help get him through his journey through the jungle, according to Quibi’s announcement.
“I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level,” Efron said in a statement. “I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!”
The series, according to a person familiar with the project, isn’t a parody and will be in the same vein of shows like “Man Vs. Wild.”
The show is being produced by Zero Point Zero and Ninjas Runnin’ Wild. Efron is represented by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Gellman and Suddleson.
Efron will serve as executive producer on the project, along with Jason Barrett and Michael Simkin for Ninjas Runnin’ Wild; Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia are executive producers from Zero Point Zero.
Quibi, set to debut on April 6, 2020, has continued adding content in recent weeks to its slate of upcoming shows. Last week, Bill Murray joined Peter Farrelly’s Quibi comedy series “The Now,” where he’ll be featured in a recurring role opposite star Dave Franco.
The company, led by Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has spent much of 2019 greenlighting dozens of shows from a number of big stars, including Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, and Stephen Curry, among others. Los Angeles-based Quibi announced last month it had sold out its $150 million advertising inventory for its first year.
Quibi 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.
You can check out TheWrap’s interview with Whitman on Quibi’s release strategy here.