Can ‘Bridesmaids’ Director Give Yahoo Its First Hit Show?
Paul Feig has plenty on his plate as the director of the upcoming, female-driven version of Ghostbusters, but that’s not the only notable project he has in the works. The Bridesmaids helmer is also developing an original comedy series, Other Space, set to premiere on Yahoo this spring.
The half-hour show is set in the early 22nd century, at a time when the human race has mapped most of the known universe. It chronicles the story of a young and inexperienced crew that sets off on an adventure into one of the last remaining unknown spaces. Once they arrive, they must face mysterious clouds, food and fuel shortages, robot rebellions, folds in time, and even the occasional alien attack.
Yahoo unveiled the first look at the upcoming comedy this month with a promotional poster (seen above) featuring part of the show’s extensive ensemble cast. As announced in October, Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu, the stars of the cult TV classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, will reunite on the show.
Though details regarding their characters have been kept under wraps, Beaulieu is said to voice a robot character similar to the one he played on MST3K. Karan Soni (Betas) will star as the group’s captain, while Eugene Cordero (House of Lies), Milana Vayntrub (Silicon Valley), Conor Leslie (Klondike), Neil Casey (Broad City) and Bess Rous (Murder in the First) are also set to co-star.
For Feig, Other Space marks his first television stint since the short-lived NBC series Freaks and Geeks. Though the latter was canceled in 2000 after only 12 episodes, it has since become a cult favorite.
In addition to penning the pilot, Feig serves as executive producer alongside Owen Ellickson (The Office) and will direct the series finale. Per Variety, several other notable directors been tapped to helm certain installments of Outer Space, including Luke Matheny (God of Love), Lucia Aniello (Broad City), Rob Cohen (Big Bang Theory), The Nix Brothers (The Grawlix), and Matt Sohn (New Girl).
The show is part of Yahoo’s recent effort to join other online services, like Netflix and Amazon, in successfully launching its own original programming. The company is set to premiere several high-profile projects over the next several months. Aside from Feig’s Outer Space, Yahoo also has the sixth season of Community, starring Joel McHale and Alison Brie, set for release on March 17. Sin City Saints, the new NBA-themed comedy about a Las Vegas sports franchise from Curb your Enthusiasm’s Bryan Gordon, will premiere on March 23.
Whether Feig can help Yahoo make a name for itself in original content remains to be seen, but he’s not the only prominent filmmaker to pursue a project on an Internet-based streaming service. Star Wars’ J.J Abrams and Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman are both producing separate shows for Hulu: the miniseries 11/22/63 and the dysfunctional family comedy Casual, respectively. Meanwhile, Woody Allen is working on a still-untitled project for Amazon, and Netflix has the Wachowski siblings-directed drama Sense8.
All eight episodes of Other Space will become available to watch on Yahoo Screen on April 14. Feig also has three big movies on the way. The Melissa McCarthy action-comedy Spy and the animated comedy The Peanuts Movie are set for premiere this year, while the much-discussed Ghostbusters reboot is due for release in 2016.