AEZ Presents features 10-15 minute stand-alone thriller, horror or sci-fi-themed shorts on Zuiker’s new horror, thriller and sci-fi premium YouTube channel, part of YouTube’s $100 million premium programming initiative.
Robert Legato, Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor for Hugo and The Titanic, directed the first episode ”Reawakening,” a modern day retelling of Frankenstein in which a police officer descends into merciless evil as he gets an unusual opportunity for vengeance.
“I grew up watching and being inspired by great storytellers like Alfred Hitchcock, so when we partnered with YouTube for BlackBoxTV, I knew this was the perfect format for an anthology series,” said Zuiker. “We are so lucky to have Rob Legato behind the premiere episode, “Reawakening.” He’s masterfully directed a story that blurs the lines between imagination and veracity that is visually stunning and will have people on the edge of their seats.”
“Reawakening” stars Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Rick Overton (The Informant), Dylan Bruno (Numb3ers), Brian Finney (Reno 911), and Tiffany Brouwer (The Help), and was written by Adam Simon (Haunting in Connecticut) and Executive Produced by Zuiker, Valenzuela, and Matthew Weinberg.
Production has wrapped on an upcoming episode, “Execution Style,” the story of three relentless hit men hired to kill the same person, starring Goran Visnjic (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Renee Auberjonois (Boston Legal, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Nicki Aycox (TNT’s Dark Blue) and comedian Bill Bellamy. It was directed by Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone) and written by Duane Swierczynski (Level 26).