Fox has ordered to series the single-camera comedy Last Man On Earth, which is created by and will star Will Forte. Forte and The Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller are executive producing with Seth Cohen, and Lord and Miller will direct the pilot episode. The project is part of Fox chairman Kevin Reilly’s plan to bypass pilot season, go straight to series and cast projects outside of the traditional January-April pilot cycle. Last Man On Earth will be produced off-cycle, filming in the summer for a 2014-2015 midseason bow. Fox originally bought the project in October in a bidding war with a pilot production commitment. At the time, Forte was not attached to star, only to write and executive produce. However, the lead was intended for him, and he now has an acting deal in place. Three months before the upfronts, Fox already has three comedy series ordered for next season, Last Man On Earth, Mulaney and Weird Loners, and two dramas, Hieroglyph and Backstrom, along with several other pilots that are on series track.
Written by Forte and produced by 20th TV and studio-based Lord Miller, Last Man On Earth centers a stranger (Forte) who becomes the last human on Earth. It marks a return to writing for Forte, who started off as a writer on the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist have teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for American Monster, a comedy, which has sold to ABC. The project, about a small-town misfit who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she goes on trial for the murder of the century, is intended as a starring vehicle for comedian and Daily Show contributor Schaal, who will write the script with her husband, former Daily Show writer Blomquist. The two executive produce with Lord and Miller and their president of television, Seth Cohen, for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Lord Miller.
This is the third sale for Lord Miller in the company’s first season under the exclusive three-year deal it inked with 20th TV in May. It also has two comedies at Fox, The Last Man On Earth from Will Forte, which has a pilot production commitment, and Torched from writer Chris Romano, which has a put pilot commitment. Lord and Miller, who directed the pilot for Fox’s freshman comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, are with UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Schaal is repped by UTA, Avalon Management and Jeff Endlich; Blomquist is with UTA.
Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte has teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for The Last Man On Earth, a single-camera comedy pitch which, in a competitive situation, has landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment. Written by Forte and produced by 20th TV and studio-based Lord Miller, The Last Man On Earth is about two strangers who must overcome their differences and work together to ensure the survival of the human race. Forte will write and executive produce but is currently not attached to star. Also executive producing the project are Miller, Lord and Lord Miller’s President of Television Seth Cohen. This marks a return to writing for Forte, who started off as a writer on the Late Show, 3rd Rock From The Sun and That ’70s Show before hitting stardom on SNL, where he was a cast member for a decade. It also reunites him with Miller and Lord after voicing a character on their 2002 animated series Clone High and with Fox and 20th TV after toplining their 2012 pilot Rebounding.
This marks the second sale and second big commitment for Lord Miller, in its first development season under a rich three-year deal at 20th TV. The duo, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, also have comedy Torched, written … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: For their first sale through their overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have teamed with Johnny Depp to produce Torched, a comedy project that has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. The single-camera family comedy hails from Blue Mountain State co-creator/star Chris Romano. It centers on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had. 20th TV, Lord Miller and Depp’s Infinitum are producing, with Romano, Lord, Miller, Depp, Lord Miller President Seth Cohen and Infinitum’s Christi Dembrowski and Norman Todd executive producing. Miller and Lord previously worked with Depp on 21 Jump Street. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have hired Comedy Central executive Seth Cohen as President of Television at their Lord Miller television company. After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, Lord and Miller signaled a return to television in May with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV to develop, write and direct their own comedy projects as well as supervise other writers’ projects.
Cohen spent the last seven years as VP of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central where he was instrumental in developing such series as Workaholics and Drunk History. Before Comedy Central, Cohen worked at DreamWorks TV and in politics both on and off the hill in Washington, D.C. “I’ve been a fan of Phil and Chris for a while and never had the opportunity to work with them as an exec so I jumped at the chance to partner with them at their own company,” Cohen said. ”I think there’s a real opportunity to combine their success in both live action and animation with my passion for comedic voices with a point of view and develop funny, smart, original programming that impacts pop culture.” Read More »
After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, comedy writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to television with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, made in a competitive situation, the duo, who have background in both live-action and animated comedy, will develop live action and animation series for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner. They will write and direct their own projects and also supervise other writers. With the deal, Lord and Miller are picking up where they left off in TV, reuniting with the studio where they were based just before leaving for features, working on 20th TV series How I Met Your Mother and Jake In Progress and pilots Awesometown, untitled Phil Hendrie, and Luis. “They’ve really grown up,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We used to think of them as young guys with wildly inventive ideas. They still have wild ideas but now they also have the experience, maturity and relationships to find ways to have them mounted.” Read More »
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Puss in Boots has not yet acquired his ogre-killing ways (nor his hairballs) in his eponymous feature film debut — a “prequel” to Puss’ supporting role in 2004’s Shrek 2. Still, director Chris Miller’s affection for the swashbuckling feline, to say nothing of the vigorous marketing and awards-savvy support of DreamWorks Animation, has helped propel Puss In Boots to a Best Feature Animation Oscar nomination.
“I loved the character of Puss in Boots as soon as he appeared,” says Miller, who was head of story on Shrek 2 and went on to direct Shrek The Third. “I can’t take credit for its origin [in Shrek 2], but once the character appeared, everyone wanted to write for him. I’ve always loved his devilish sense of adventure — and Antonio Banderas’ persona coming out of this tiny, adorable package.” Read More »