With two surprise hit films - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street - already under their belt, the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller is beginning to make waves along the comedy shore of Hollywood. Their unique collective comedic voice is now highly sought-after, so it’s no surprise that they have several new projects currently in development.
However, what may be surprising to some is that those projects do not include the sequels to their previous hit films. They are not involved at all with Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers and have not yet been confirmed to be involved with 21 Jump Street 2. Instead, they are working on a new cop comedy pilot starring the one and only Andy Samberg.
According to THR, Fox has hired the duo to helm the currently untitled pilot that will star Samberg and Terry Crews (The Expendables) as police officers. Samberg has been attached to the project since last fall and Crews joined the cast as the no-nonsense captain of Samberg’s character’s squad earlier this week.
With showrunners and executive producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation) developing the show and with Lord and Miller directing another cop comedy, we could ultimately see some sort of cross between 21 Jump Street and The Office. Since the pilot is being planned as a single-camera comedy, it’s pretty easy to imagine it being Parks and Rec with police officers subbed in for city employees and a police station instead of a municipal building.
Whatever direction the show does end up taking, with the amount of talent it has behind and in front of the camera, there’s no excuse for it not to deliver plenty of laughs. Not everyone is a fan of Samberg’s Lonely Island songs and sketches and not everyone is a fan of 21 Jump Street, or Parks and Rec, but with all this comedic energy and potential coming together, you would think only something truly funny would be born from it and that it would have a little something for all viewers.
The show is one of six comedy pilots to be picked up by Fox this pilot season, so obviously some of those projects will not end up making it to air. This one certainly has promise, but there’s plenty of strong shows that never see the light of day, so there’s no telling how long it will live.
As always, we’ll pass along more information on this untitled project as it comes in.