Joey Graceffa always thought it could be fun to throw a murder mystery party for his friends and secretly film it.
So when YouTube asked the influencer — who has 6.2 million subscribers to his channel — to pitch ideas for an original series, he wrote "murder mystery party" down on a long list of potential concepts.
Turns out, that was the idea YouTube liked the most — and about one year later, Escape the Night is ready to make its debut. Mashable got an exclusive clip of the series (above).
The new show, which launches Wednesday on YouTube Red, brings Graceffa and a handful of digital stars — including GloZell, iJustine,Lele Pons, Shane Dawson, Eva Gutowski, Andrea Brooks, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Matt Haag, Oli White and Sierra Furtado — together for a Murder Mystery experience.
The 10 guests were invited from "the modern world" to attend a dinner at a mansion, which has been locked in the 1920s. The show's tagline: "This is a dinner party to die for. No one is safe."
"It was a really fun concept to put together," Graceffa said. "And it was an idea that started small and ended up into something much bigger."