Mario Miscione is a well-established writer and producer with works such as Circle, DARK/WEB, The Vault and Discarnate. If you haven’t checked out his work, Circle can be found on Netflix and you can click here to watch DARK/WEB on Amazon Prime! Be sure to leave a review once you are done binging the 8-episode series! Mario will be taking over DARK/WEB‘s Instagram (@darkwebshow) this coming Wednesday, 10/09. I was able to catch up with the writer/producer leading up to his takeover and was able to ask him some questions regarding some of his work.
And if you want to listen to a full hourlong conversation with him, listen below!
What was your impression of premiering DARK/WEB at SDCC?
San Diego Comic-Con was amazing. It was so gratifying to finally get to show the entire series to an audience on the big screen, and the response was really amazing. It’s hard to work on a project for so long, because you get to be too close to it and start to forget what it’s like to see it with fresh eyes. At some point on every project, you wonder if anyone will even like it! So to see people enjoy it was a huge relief and for a creator, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. One thing I was really struck by was how genuinely excited attendees were to be there. DARK/WEB is an indie show, we didn’t have some big studio backing us and yet people seemed genuinely excited to meet us and hear about the show. I think genre TV fans are some of the best fans out there, they’re genuinely interested in new stories and indie filmmakers, which is really great to see.
How did producing DARK/WEB differ from one of your other well-known works, Circle?
As showrunner and producer on DARK/WEB, I was deeply involved in every step of the way, even more so than I was as director on Circle. DARK/WEB‘s scope was far larger than that of Circle. It was several weeks more of production to get the entire series and anthology portions filmed, and then a much longer post-production as all those different pieces came together into one cohesive whole. Production was a lot more “typical” than CIRCLE; scenes were shot out of order, we had smaller casts on set at any given time, and a ton of locations. Circle was a straightforward film in the sense that it was all about telling a single story on a low budget in a dynamic way. DARK/WEB was about telling several stories that tied together in a way that made sense and complimented what had come before. It was a pretty exciting challenge, ultimately.
What would you like to see in a possible DARK/WEB sequel?
I can’t say too much just yet, but throughout the development of Season One, there were several threads that we starting weaving into the outskirts of the story that we knew we would be looking to explore down the line if given opportunity to continue the show. One of those is the origins of MIHR, the mysterious programming project Molly becomes drawn into. Another is what happens in the wake of the decision the group makes at the end of the series. To explore both of these, we can’t just look into the future, but also, the pretty distant past. DARK/WEB has always been about the internet and the birth of the world wide web seems like a perfect backdrop for the next stage of this story. Of course, we’d continue the structure we started in season one, using an overarching story that weaves in smaller tales. It would be great to bring season one alum back to play different roles in these new anthologies, as well as find new writers and filmmakers to develop them with.
What current projects are you working on?
I can’t say too much, but there are a couple things in the immediate future that I’m hoping I get a chance to work on. I co-wrote a supernatural horror film with a filmmaker friend of mine Marcella Ochoa that’s set against the backdrop of 1970’s California’s migrant farming community that we’re currently in the process of shopping around. It’s a combination of a classic ghost story and a social thriller set in a time period filled with some terrible atrocities that most people don’t really know a lot about. The other project is a series I’m working on with DARK/WEB director Roxy Shih. Again, we’re not ready to talk about the details but this one is a modern sci-fi series that looks at mental illness, the illusions of social media, and the price of fame.
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