It’s been a huge offseason for Cam Newton. The former NFL MVP is no longer a member of the Carolina Panthers, as he’s looking to start the latest chapter in his football career. Off the field, though, Newton is getting into something a little bit different. It’s previously been announced that Newton is joining forces with Quibi, the upcoming mobile streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Newton, through his Iconic Saga Productions, will serve as executive producer on the show Iron Sharpens Iron, which pairs up athletes from completely different sports and focuses on the training that goes into being at the top of their various games. When Variety announced that the show was green lit, it revealed that Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, UFC star Amanda Nunes, and World Cup winner Carli Lloyd would be among the athletes featured. Newton and Young will partner up in an episode, as will Nunes and Lloyd.
Beyond those four, it was announced on Wednesday that the show will include Melvin Gordon, Nyjah Huston, Lolo Jones, Simon Pagenaud, Andy Ruiz Jr., Pascal Siakam, Sloane Stephens, PK Subban, Justin Turner, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, Michelle Wie, and Deontay Wilder. It is unclear what the various pairings will be, but that’s a list that features athletes who have accomplished just about everything over the course of their careers.
In a statement about his forthcoming project, Newton said ““We’re excited to bring some of the world’s top athletes together to share their insider fitness tips and personal experiences that have made each into top athletes in their respective sports. It’s a great way to trade advice amongst peers and give our fans and budding athletes deeper insight into our highly coveted regimens through a greater platform.”
We’re just a few days away from the launch of Quibi, the new mobile-only streaming platform. One of the service’s “movies in chapters” that will be available on day one is called When The Streetlights Go On, a murder mystery set in a small town in 1995. Chosen Jacobs It, Castle Rock plays a 15-year-old who discovers a pair of murder victims in the woods, and the ramifications of the crime quickly begin to ripple through his community.
Oddly enough, a different version of this show played at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago. Learn more about that and check out the trailer for the new Quibi version below.
Where The Streetlights Go On Trailer
With his appearances as young Mike Hanlon in the recent adaptations of Stephen King’s It, and now with this movie, Jacobs is carving out a place for himself in period pieces in which awful things happen to people. It seems as if this film may also be at least partially inspired by King’s writing, and Rebecca Thomas, who directed an episode of the King-influenced Stranger Things, is behind the camera here. Mark Duplass, Tony Hale, Beh Ahlers, Sophie Thatcher, Sam Strike, David Lewis, Queen Latifah, and more round out the cast.
But for me, the most interesting thing about When The Streetlights Go On is its history. Writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe wrote the screenplay when they were 21 years old, and it went on to become the second-ranking script on the 2011 Black List Hollywood’s annual list of favorite unproduced screenplays. Drew Barrymore was once set to direct a $7 million feature film version, but when that never came together, Paramount TV developed the project as a series from director Brett Morgen The Kid Stays in the Picture. /Film’s Peter Sciretta saw the pilot for that iteration, which was set in the summer of 1983 instead of 1995, at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, calling it one of the best things he saw at that year’s festival and describing it as a cross between Stand By Me and The Virgin Suicides. Check out the trailer for that version below:
That version never got picked up, but after the writers reworked the script, the project now lives again thanks to Quibi.
Here’s the official description:
After the murder of a beautiful young girl rocks a suburban community, the victim’s sister and her high school peers must struggle to find a sense of normalcy while coming of age in the midst of the murder investigation.
When The Streetlights Go On will be available on Quibi on April 6, 2020.