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 by Chris Romano and executive produced by Johnny Depp, at Fox with a put pilot commitment. They also directed the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine as part of their return to TV after a seven-year stint exclusively in features. Forte, repped by UTA, Mosaic and Ken Richman, is in several upcoming movies that had festival premieres, Nebraska, Life Of Crime and Run And Jump, and just wrapped Squirrels To The Nuts. He received an Emmy nomination for his recurring role on 30 Rock.
Fox Searchlight snapped up the coming of age dramedy The Way, Way Back from Descendents Oscar-winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash in a whopping $10M Sundance deal. Ahead of the pic’s July 5 release, here’s a just-released “audition” reel of … Read More »
Alexander Payne says he only finished postproduction last Friday on his Cannes competition entry Nebraska, which had its press screening this morning and will premiere tonight. Reviews coming in so far are largely mixed to very good. Even though Paramount won’t release it until November 22, Payne likes to take awhile in post to get everything right. There was initial concern about even making the Cannes date, so that is why until just a week before this year’s official lineup was announced did Paramount and Payne even decide to take a shot. He brought the film to Paris, showed it to Thierry Fremaux with only two days to spare, and landed tonight’s slot. Payne is becoming somewhat of a Cannes regular — although other than 2002′s About Schmidt, this is only his second film in competition. He has served on the juries of both Un Certain Regard and, last year, the main selection.
Nebraska, which will be one of Paramount’s Oscar hopes this year, played well to nice but brief applause from the press at the screening and at the press conference that followed (especially when stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte were introduced). It’s pure Payne in its humanist, gently funny style and captures that Middle America folksy style in beautiful black and white, but it is definitely what I would call a small film that will need tender loving care from the studio (the only major studio film in competition). Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has given a green light to Nebraska and has set a mid-October production start on the black & white film Nebraska, Alexander Payne’s followup to The Descendants. And while the road trip pairing of Bruce Dern and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Alexander Payne has fixed on Bruce Dern and Will Forte for the main roles in Nebraska, the black and white $13 million budget road trip comedy for Paramount. Payne wants to make the Bob Nelson script … Read More »
The highest-profile casualty at Fox, which picked up three new comedy series today and passed on everything else, was the Steve Levitan-produced pilot Rebounding. The single-camera project was written on spec by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman … Read More »
Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte is set as the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written/executive produced by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, executive produced by Steve Levitan and directed by Jason Winer, is … Read More »
Will Forte has booked his first full-time TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live last summer, joining Fox’s upcoming animated series Allen Gregory as a regular voice cast member. On the show, about an accomplished 7-year-old boy embarking on elementary school, … Read More »
UPDATE: Relativity Media has announced a four year foreign output deal with Tripictures. Tripictures will oversee the distribution of Relativity-produced features in Spain. This includes films Relativity is actively developing, producing, financing and distributing.
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With Will Forte’s recent announcement that he will be leaving Saturday Night Live after 8 seasons and reports that NBC’s late-night sketch show may be adding as many as 4 new cast members, the question is who else might be exiting when SNL returns for a 36th season later … Read More »