A new social-thriller called “What/If” is coming to Netflix, but we don’t have a premiere date at this time. The series will explore the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.
According to Netflix, each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life. The new Netflix series stars Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger (Cold Mountain, Jerry Maguire, Chicago, Bridget Jones movies) in the role of Anne. Over the course of her career, Renée Zellweger has received three Golden Globe and SAG awards.
Netflix has ordered ten, one-hour episodes of the new series for the first season. Mike Kelley (Revenge, Swingtown) is serving as Executive Producer, Writer, and Showrunner for “What/If”. The other Executive Producers are Melissa Loy (Page Fright); Alex Gartner, Charles Roven (Atlas Entertainment); Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke (Compari Entertainment). Jackie Levine (Compari Entertainment) is attached as a co-Executive Producer for the project.
Earlier this week Netflix also confirmed that Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated writer and producer Kenya Barris is coming to Netflix. Barris has entered into a multi-year overall deal to produce new series exclusively at Netflix, starting on August 16th. Under the deal, Barris will write and executive produce all projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.
Barris is the creator of the hit, Peabody award-winning comedy series “black-ish,” along with its successful spin-off series “Grown-ish,” and was the writer of last summer’s comedy blockbuster “Girls Trip”. In the announcement Netflix stated, “Barris has continually demonstrated his ability to tell stories about the Black experience that resonate with all audiences. With an innate sense for what is funny, truthful and timely, Barris will continue to create stories that reflect culture through an urban, youth and female focused lens.”