Netflix to Produce Anthology Series on Social Distancing
Social distancing is the way of the world now. In fact, the last two to three months of mandatory social distancing have felt so long that many have forgotten what life was like before. Commuting to work has been replaced by work from home, we only leave the house for essential shopping, and people are living six feet apart even in the same house.
Netflix has banked on this concept already and got Jenji Kohan, showrunner for award-winning Orange Is the New Black, to create a new anthology series called 'Social Distance,' based on life during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement to the CNN, the producing team of the hit comedy-drama, which includes Kohan and Tara Herrmann, Hilary Weisman and Blake McCormick, said that they'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."
But how does a team create a whole show at a time like this? Well, in true social distancing style, meetings are being held online. And shooting will be done thus - director Diego Velasco will work remotely, as Weisman produces from her house, and the yet undisclosed cast-members film themselves from their home. Trust this team to find an innovative way to collaborate at this time, and it certainly sounds challenging. "We are challenging ourselves to do something new: To create and produce virtually so that our cast and crew can stay healthy and safe,” said the team.
'Social Distance' will be an anthology of which explores a universal problem through very individual experiences, according to the makers. And they hope that through this bizarre series of tales, people are able to feel like they are all in this together.
Netflix is yet to reveal the final streaming date for the show.