Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been near-unstoppable since their directorial debut with the clever Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs back in 2009. The duo followed up that big-screen success with even bigger hits like 21 Jump Street (as well as its sequel) and The LEGO Movie.
Since then, Lord and Miller have been racking up a number of new projects, including an animated Spider-Man film and an out-of-this-world third entry in the Jump Street series. Now the filmmakers are jumping aboard another comedy project.
THR is reporting that Lord and Miller are developing a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy series for Fox. Titled Son of Zahn, the pilot presentation centers on an animated barbarian father who struggles to reconnect to his live-action son and ex-wife after a decade at war in a distant animated world. Johnny Pemberton – who appeared in both Jump Street films – will play one of the live-action characters, the titular teenage son of the barbarian character.
Of course, Son of Zahn isn’t the first Fox show that Lord and Miller have worked on. They served as producers and directed the pilot of current hit Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shepherded the critically acclaimed Will Forte comedy The Last Man on Earth (a series that has already been renewed for season 2).
Just as the Jump Street films relied on meta-humor on the concepts of reboots and sequels, respectively, Son of Zahn will likely take advantage of its combination of animation and live-action to highlight the culture clash that its lead character struggles with. Moreover, this premise also offers the possibility of some actual heart, as Zahn is clearly a war veteran trying to become re-acclimated with civilian life.
Lord and Miller have proven time and again that they possess an incredible insight into deconstructing the story beats and distinct worlds they create with each project. Son of Zahn presents a new challenge for them to exercise that ability in a fresh way. Thus far, their fans don’t really have much of a reason to doubt the show, though (of course) it’s far too early to say for certain that this series will be another hit for the duo.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Son of Zahn as this story develops.