A star from the 2000s TV show Entourage, Kevin Connolly, is working on another show called Cryptos, he announced following a surprise appearance at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami last week. Similar to Entourage, this show will follow a small group of friends as they navigate a cutthroat movie industry by launching a token and decentralized film studio in order to finance movies.
“This comedic drama follows five young filmmakers as they discover how blockchain technology can be used to help finance their film and TV projects outside of the traditional network system. Cryptos is in the vein of other scripted shows like ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Entourage,’ and ‘Ballers,’” explains the official website of the show.
Under the tab “goal,” the website states, “To bring the cryptocurrency movement into mainstream consciousness, educate, and build trust in the marketplace for the technology and its continued growth.”
Connolly, who has signed on for an actor-director role, was joined on stage at the conference by producers Jason King and Erik Sords, both “true believers in blockchain’s potential.” King co-founded the token-funded Academy School of Blockchain and is a self-described “humanitarian hacker.” Sords created L.A.-based Dionysia, the “world’s first decentralized global studio.”
Sords and King hope Connolly’s addition will help the project into production. According to Breaker magazine, they are in the process of producing the first 10 episodes, with the hope of being picked up by Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another content-hungry platform. However, they are still in very early stages.
Connolly says the show’s David and Goliath theme appealed to him. “Initially when I read the script the thing that I was most interested in is how it’s basically about a group of frustrated actors that say ‘f*ck this, let’s just do it on our own, we know cryptocurrency, we can take on the [Hollywood] system,’” he told Breaker magazine. He went on to add, “The thing that scares people about crypto is a lack of understanding [...] People like myself are still learning, but the curiosity is there.”
The Cryptos will not be the first attempt at televising the cryptocurrency space. In April last year, director Sam Lucas Smith announced he was working on a series of short comedies and sketches on current trends and technology, to which he published a pilot episode titled “Buy the Dip.” Even earlier, in March, a movie titled “No Postage Necessary” was announced to be the first film to be released using blockchain technology.