Published Apr 28, 2020It feels as if there is no shortage of things to watch, play and stream, but when it comes to a project about society's isolation hours, Jenji Kohan will have you covered.
Deadline reports that the Orange Is the New Black creator is developing a coronavirus quarantine anthology series for Netflix titled Social Distance.
The series, which has yet to receive a release date, was entirely created and produced virtually as those involved practice social distancing measures. Cast members acted and filmed themselves from home, while director Diego Velasco instructed talent remotely.
The site notes that Kohan's OITNB collaborator, Hilary Weisman Graham, will write the series while also being showrunner. Velasco, who had directed an episode of OITNB, will direct and co-executive produce, while Kohan, Tara Herrmann, Blake McCormick and Weisman Graham will executive produce.
"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," the producers said in a statement. "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."
They continued: "The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same. 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."
Kohan inked an overall deal with Netflix in late 2017.