While we’re always going to have the softest of spots for Key & Peele, it’s been thrilling watching Jordan Peele’s trajectory from his spot in the director’s chair. The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director of Get Out has become a real force to be reckoned with and has now turned his sights to online video – though not the streaming platform you probably expected.
It was announced yesterday that Jordan Peele would be bringing a science-fiction series exclusively to YouTube Premium, alongside Key & Peele collaborator Charlie Sanders. Sanders was a long-time writer on Key & Peele and was nominated for three Emmys for his work. The anthology show, named Weird City, was described by Peele as a series of “comedy driven twisted-ass science fiction stories” – something that seems to be along the lines of a comedic Black Mirror.
Peele said of the show, “Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’. Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.”
While YouTube may seem like an offbeat choice for Peele, it isn’t too surprising once you take into account how well clips from Key & Peele performed on the platform – raking in millions of views and catapulting Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key to fame. The sketches specifically mentioned in his quote are some of the series’ highest performers on the video streaming service, with Continental Breakfast garnering 18 million views at the time of publication.
Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s head of original content, said, “We are thrilled to be in business with Jordan, Charlie and Jose, who have brilliantly created a highly entertaining satire that will be a timely send up of modern society. We are excited to partner with Sonar Entertainment and all of the innovative storytellers behind ‘Weird City’ to push boundaries and redefine what a comedy series can be.”