Coming from No Brainer Films, the shingle co-founded by Foxx and fellow exec producer Deon Taylor, “Night Tales” is in production for 26 half-hour episodes, envisioned to split over two seasons.
Taylor said a cable sale might allow the creators to push the envelope content-wise more than a network sale.
Foxx and Taylor have co-written and co-directed the pilot and several other episodes, with Tom Arnold, Method Man and Jason Mewes among those appearing in different segs.
Taylor said the anthology would be a hybrid of “Tales From the Crypt” and “The Twilight Zone.”
“Some of them will be very, very horrorfied, and others will be more supernatural,” Taylor said. “But they’re all PG; there won’t be any superbloody things happening to people.”
“Night Tales,” which also has Roxanne Avent, Robert Smith and former NBA star Mitch Richmond as exec producers, derives from the 2008 “Nite Tales: The Movie” that appeared on BET. Taylor said No Brainer is planning to build the “Night Tales” brand on multiple platforms: the Internet, comicbooks, merchandising, soundtrack and ringtones, not to mention a live event this weekend in Sacramento, Calif., the second annual “One Scary Night.”
Previously, NBC announced it had ordered hourlong mafia-revenge drama “Tommy’s Little Girl” (featuring Selma Blair, Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico and James Russo) from No Brainer’s Taylor and Foxx, who also has a half-hour sketch comedy series in the works for Fox. (Foxx and Taylor each also have individual production companies, Foxx-King Entertainment and Deon Taylor Enterprises.)
Dash is part of the cast for VH1’s upcoming initial foray into scripted programming, “Single Ladies.”