The already hugely popular blog Humans of New York is about to get even bigger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Facebook ordered a 12-episode docuseries from Brandon Stanton, the founder of HONY. The series will include half-hour long episodes and will be executive produced by Julie Goldman, an Oscar-nominated documentary producer.
“It seemed to be a natural evolution to do some interviews on film,” Stanton told THR, and added the people featured in the series will be new to the HONY universe. Stanton started his blog in 2010, but started on this project four years ago and now has over 400 hours of film and 1,200 interviews.
“I feel like I’m just starting, but I think I’d be fine if it all went away. I get that from my mother. From the moment I started singing, she always reminded me that all of this was a privilege, and could be taken at any moment. So singing is not how I define myself. I try to keep my identity rooted in my friendships and my faith.” (Link to entire collection of Met Gala stories can be found in bio.)
“This is storytelling at its core, at its most visceral,” Goldman told THR. “That really appealed to us. People really open themselves up in a way that continues to surprise me.”
Since the beginning of the blog, Stanton has interviewed over 10,000 people, sold two New York Times Best-Sellers of his collection of interviews, accumulated over 18 million followers on Facebook, and 7 million followers on Instagram.
With Facebook’s move into video, Stanton saw this solo project become more feasible with the help of the social media platform, which helped raise him to star status. The first episode will be available next week, and then from there on a weekly basis.