In Seth Rogen’s newest TV pilot Future Man, Josh Hutcherson is a janitor (and gamer) who travels through time to save humanity.
A New Type of TV?
A few years ago, this premise / collaboration seemed out of place. But with the rise of Netflix and Hulu, the ways we watch our favorite shows is much different. The sitcom has changed over time too. Today, many networks are opting for scripted half hour comedies, rather than the laugh tracks of the 90s. Sitcoms offer dark comedy, like the nihilism of Louie, or the surrealist take on depression offered by FX’s Wilfred. Donald Glover’s recent deadpan hip-hop tribute, Atlanta, is another along the same line.
Future Man, meanwhile, looks nothing like this. Rogen’s upcoming Hulu premiere is a mix of comedy, action, and a healthy dose of camp. If anything, this show is more unofficial re-imagining of 1984 cult classic The Last Starfighter. Of course, we can expect Rogen to bring signature brand of humor to the table.
Future Man, Coming 2017
After securing the rights to the show in early 2016, Hulu announced the pilot will premiere in 2017. They’ve also recently green-lit a 13-episode first season.
Future Man will star The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson, along with Eliza Coupe, Ed Begley Jr., Derek Wilson, and Glenne Headly. The Hulu exclusive will be Hutcherson’s first lead role since Mockingjay Part 2. The actor is also named as a producer for the pilot, under his company Turkeyfoot Productions.
Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter, best known for the holiday comedy The Night Before, wrote the pilot script. Rogen and longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg hold down directing credits. With Preacher having recently finished its first season on FX Networks, and another comic book adaptation of The Boys slated for Cinemax, the duo are now firmly planted in television. Well, television for us nerds.