Seth MacFarlane has had huge success recently. The popularity of Family Guy and American Dad have certainly taken him places. Ted, Ted 2 and executive producing the Cosmos reboot, starring Neil DeGrasse Tyson are just some of his acheivements. Now, MacFarlane is staying with sci-fi as he plans a live-action comedy show.
The content of MacFarlane’s show is a mystery at the moment; one piece of news has surfaced, though. Jungle Book and Iron Man director Jon Favreau will be taking on the show’s pilot. The sci-fi series in question doesn’t have a title yet. Scoring Favreau, though, who will take on executive producing and consulting roles after the pilot, is big.
Favreau’s The Jungle Book was huge earlier this year. The film scored 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as collecting a sum of $955,544,563 worldwide. Plans are already in motion for a sequel to Favreau’s live-action remake of the Disney film. The director also still serves as an executive producer over at Marvel. It sounds like MacFarlane has scored himself a very useful voice for his new show.
Here’s what we know so far, courtesy of Collider:
“…the show is said to be set 300 years in the future where it follows the adventures of the Orville — ‘a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.’”
We also know some information about the show’s characters:
“MacFarlane, who wrote the pilot script and serves as executive producer, will also star in the series as Ed, the captain of the Orville. He’s joined by Adrianne Palicki, who plays Ed’s ex-wife and the newly appointed first officer of the Orville, and Scott Grimes, who plays Ed’s best friend and the Orville’s pilot. Peter Macon and J Lee also star.”
Favreau isn’t just about movies, though. The director has also helmed episodes of The Office and Undeclared, as well as The Shannara Chronicles.
Seth MacFarlane’s new series is still pretty vague. Production will be kicking off in January, however, with a pilot expected between 2017 and 2018.