Will Forte Teams With LEGO Movie Directors For Fox Series Last Man On Earth
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have teamed up for some great movies in recent years, The LEGO Movie being the most recent of them to hit theaters. But they're no strangers to television either, with credits that include How I Met Your Mother and Clone High. Coming soon, the duo will direct and executive produce Will Forte's Last Man on Earth for Fox. Forte not only created the series, but he's also set to star. And Fox appears ready to move ahead with it, as the network has given the comedy a straight-to-series order.
Variety describes Last Man on Earth as a single-camera comedy centering on Forte's character, who's the titular last man on earth. Details are sparse, beyond that, but the site notes that this series order follows along with Fox's goal to move forward with more off-cycle production commitments, rather than adhering to the traditional pilot season format, which typically calls for a pilot order first and then if all goes well, a series commitment in the Spring. Like Gotham, Fox is going straight to series with this one, and for Last Man, the plan is to start shooting this summer and aim for a midseason debut next year.
Forte's likely best known for comedy, having served a few years as a Saturday Night Live player, as well as appearing in 30 Rock and Conan. He's also voiced a number of roles in shows like American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, Lab Rats and Bob's Burgers. On the feature side, he recently appeared in Nebraska He also voiced Chester V in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which is where his path kind of crosses with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The directing duo helmed the first Cloudy film and executive produced the sequel. At present, Miller and Lord have The LEGO Movie raking in box office dollars in theaters, and there's a good chance things will go really well for their next feature endeavor, 22 Jump Street.
Between Forte, Lord and Miller, added to the odd but intriguing premise of the series, there's definitely potential for some great comedy here, so we'll have to wait and see how this one looks when Last Man on Earth finally makes it to air. I'll also be very interested in seeing who else is cast in this. If Forte's the last man on earth, does that mean the rest of the cast will consist of women? While we ponder that, go see The LEGO Movie if you haven't already. It's awesome. Here's the trailer.
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