Barring any potential spinoff movies further down the pipeline, Lionsgate’s lucrative Hunger Games saga wrapped up late last year forcing the citizens of Panem – Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence included – to venture out beyond the YA tentpole to advance their acting careers.
Buoyed by scene-stealing turns in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the latter got off to an award-winning flyer, which looks set to continue with the release of Passengers later this year. Elsewhere on Sony’s slate – specifically, its TV slate – we now have word that Josh Hutcherson’s Future Man has landed a series order at Hulu.
A half-hour sci-fi comedy by trade, we understand that Future Man‘s inaugural season spans 13 episodes in total, with a cast comprised of Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr. and and Glenne Headly. Meanwhile, Sausage Party dream team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are on board to produce alongside Matt Tolmach and James Weaver. Speaking of Sausage Party, scribes Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter have enlisted for Hulu’s new project after dabbling with all manner of food-related shenanigans.
Ramping up the video game sensibilities, Josh Hutcherson spearheads Future Man as Josh Futterman, an uninspired janitor/dejected gamer who is snapped up by “mysterious visitors” to become the unlikely hope to save humanity. Playing on the ol’ reluctant hero trope, it is the show’s time-travelling dynamic that ought to inject some originality Hulu’s new IP – if handled correctly, of course.
A 2017 launch date is the current target, and we’ll be keeping you right up-to-date as this story develops.