Vice will release the first slate of scripted shows on its digital channels as part of a distribution deal with Blackpills, a French studio specializing in short form content for millennials. The shows will be helmed by noted filmmakers Luc Besson (writer of The Fifth Element), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse), Zoe Cassavetes (Broken Engish), and more.
In addition to its deal with Blackpills, Variety reports, Vice will distribute two series from British production company Pulse Films, which it acquired last year, including Pillowtalk, about a tortured bachelor who tries to refrain from casual sex, and Twiz And Tuck Bucket List, about two best friends who set off on a road trip to do crazy things.
From Blackpills, Cassavetes will direct Junior, a drama about a teenage girl in a love triangle with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, while Playground, created by Besson, is about a teenage girl who attends a school for assassins. Details for Singer’s project have yet to be announced. Additional shows set to premiere on Vice’s digital video hub from Blackpills include All Wrong, starring influencer Brittany Furlan, about a one-night stand gone awry; Maniac, about a man in a psych ward; and Skinford, about an immortal woman buried underground.
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While an exact release date has not yet been announced, the shows will arrive in the U.S. at video.vice.com before rolling out internationally.
Blackpills was established last year by the entrepreneurs Daniel Marhely and Patrick Holzman. The studio has several series in the works headlined by major names from the influencer sphere, including Logan Paul, Christian DelGrosso, and DeStorm Power.