A quarantine anthology series is already in the works at Netflix
‘Social Distance’ will be produced by the team behind ‘Orange Is the New Black’, and created by an entirely remote cast and crew.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an era of mass uncertainty, but one thing is for certain -- if humanity does survive this, we are going to need more things to binge-watch. Film and TV productions have for the most part stalled due to global lockdown measures, as sets aren’t typically optimised for practising social distancing.
Netflix’s newest production, however, just said “RIP to them but I’m different”. Though it doesn’t officially have a cast or release date yet, the streamer’s idea is that Social Distance will be a series that explores the reality of social distancing. Each episode will feature a different story with a new set of characters, and will be written, directed and produced remotely. The project is the brainchild of the creative team behind Orange Is The New Black, including ex-showrunner Jenji Kohan.
The show’s creators posted the following statement on Twitter: “Our job as storytellers is to reflect reality, and in this new, bizarre, bewildering reality we are all experiencing, we feel passionate about finding connection as we all remain at a distance. We’ve been inspired to create an anthology series that tells stories about the current moment we are living through -- the unique, personal, deeply human stories that illustrate how we are living apart, together.”
“The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same,” they noted. “Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And we hope that Social Distance will help people feel closer to one another.”