Facebook is the latest tech giant attempting to get into the streaming game, and the company has secured two big stars for its first animated series. Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron have signed on to lend their voices to Human Discoveries, a series set in the stone age.
The show tells the story of a group of friends living at the dawn of human civilisation. They’re the first to discover necessities like fire and the wheel, but they also stumble onto humanity’s best and worst innovations, including art, alcohol, fashion, and racism. Lamorne Morris, Jillian Bell, Paul Scheer and Lisa Kudrow will also star. The series will premiere later in 2019.
The show hails from creators Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee. ShadowMachine will produce the show; they are the production company behind BoJack Horseman. If Human Discoveries can be anything close to the quality of that show, Facebook will truly be onto something.
The social network giant also revealed that they will be polling Facebook users to help with another upcoming series – multiple international reboots of MTV’s The Real World. Facebook users will be able to vote on who is cast in the shows. It’s currently unclear how many international reboots of the series there will be.
Getting Kendrick, Efron, and a whole host of talented actors on board is a great start for Human Discoveries. The key though, as Netflix have proven, is for the shows to be quality. While Netflix’s film department has been hit and miss, their TV output has been consistently well received. It has kept subscribers coming back for more.
Facebook’s model is different, considering that their service is (currently) free. But getting off to a good start with Human Discoveries would be a huge help to the credibility of their streaming future.