Jeff Garzik, who worked on the first blockchain node, the Bitcoin Core project, has launched NextCypher Productions.
NextCypher is focused on using the emerging technology of Web3 to empower communities in sci-fi to make fantasy into reality. The first television project is the one-hour action-drama series Deathlands, based on the best-selling book series.
Deathlands was developed for television by showrunner/executive producer Mark A. Altman (Pandora, The Librarians, Agent X) and executive producer Thomas P. Vitale (57 Seconds, Slasher, Pandora). Production is set to begin in early 2023 in Bulgaria.
“Deathlands is Mad Max: Fury Road-meets-Yellowjackets in an epic postapocalyptic sci-fi adventure,” Garzik said. “Deathlands tells the story of a world ravaged by violence, destruction and death. Now, only the most smart, cunning and capable survive as they attempt to navigate the new normal of a world turned upside in the hopes of building a new, more just society for the future.”
Also in the pipeline is a NextCypher original, Looking Glass, based on an original concept from Garzik. It is “an exciting and thought-provoking new sci-fi action/adventure series in which a young woman whose memory was erased goes on a quest to discover her true identity as a gridrunner who must save the outcasts of society from a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy the future.” It made its premiere as a graphic novel through NextCypher’s subsidiary, NextCypher Words + Art, a new comic book publisher.
All of NextCypher Productions’ projects will leverage the power of Web3 to enable value and ownership to freely flow, giving supporters and fans unparalleled access to a variety of markets, opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences, including engaging with stars and the creative team, enjoying exclusive previews or having insider access to the creative process.
Of his company, Garzik said, “NextCypher is more than just a mere production company—it is a passionate community, defined by the people and projects that it interacts with. One of our core principles is to enable sci-fi and fantasy fans to do more than simply consume content from the worlds we construct, but to allow them to truly participate in beloved properties in ways they never thought possible. Above all, NextCypher pledges to always put the needs of the audience first as we create consistently great entertainment.”