Hulu is getting into the anthology series game. Variety reports the streaming site is working on a sci-fi fantasy anthology series titled Dimension 404 and has even begun casting.
Lea Michele (Glee, Scream Queens), Robert Buckley (iZombie) and Ryan Lee (Super 8, Goosebumps) will star in the upcoming six-part project featuring hour-long standalone episodes. Michele and Buckley will co-star together as love interests in one of the episodes, while Lee will star in another.
The series is created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos with co-creators Dan Johnson and David Welch and hails from digital studio RocketJump. Dimension 404 will be executive-produced by Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dolly, who will also serve as showrunner. Here's the gist of the anthology series:
Inspired by the internet’s “404” error code, “Dimension 404” aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. Each episode will explore a different bizarre mystery, including an obscure cartoon that may hold the secret to time travel or energy drinks perhaps causing a global apocalypse.
In one episode, Michele will play Amanda, an attractive, witty, ambitious and type-A girl with a good heart who turns to a matchmaking service in order to fulfill her rebound dating needs following a bad breakup. Buckley will play Adam, an emotionally vulnerable and a tad naïve guy who falls pretty hard for Amanda, his online date from a matchmaking service. When Adam drops an “I love you” too soon (ouch!), prompting Amanda to “swipe left” on him, their breakup forces him to face a whole bunch of truths about his life.
Ryan Lee's episode will take place in 1984, where the young actor will play Andrew, a teenage introvert and video game addict who is secretly gay. Bullied by his classmates, he finds comfort and courage at Ernie’s Arcade, where he discovers a mysterious and never-played arcade game called Polybius and sets out to investigate its dark and bloody provenance. [Insert Sounds of Doom]
What do you guys think of the concept for Dimension 404?