Space, whether the final frontier or a galaxy far, far away, is something most movie viewers can’t get enough of. The massive success of Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens and Ridley Scott’s The Martian attest to the box office muscle and critical acclaim of a good space odyssey. But not all space movies need to be serious – something even The Martian can attest to in its more lighthearted moments.
Films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Spaceballs also prove that space can be a very amusing place. And now, Bill Hader (Trainwreck), Seth Rogen (Neighbors), and Zach Galifianakis (Birdman) are teaming up to make space funny once more.
According to THR, the three will star in the sci-fi comedy The Something. Taking a cue from popular marooned-in-space flicks like Alien and The Martian, Hader, Rogen, and Galifianakis will play three astronauts stranded in deep space. Alone with only themselves and their space madness for a long time, the haggard trio finally runs across another ship, and hilarity ensues. Thus far, Rose Byrne (who shares the screen with Rogen in the Neighbors movies) is the only female lead cast for the upcoming project, although the specifics of her role beyond that is unknown.
Universal has picked up the upcoming film, which was penned by Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street), who is also slated to make his directorial debut. Rogen’s production company (along with Evan Goldberg and James Weaver), Point Grey Pictures, is slated to produce, with Good Universe’s (Neighbors 2) Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake acting as executive producers.
With the always enjoyable lost-in-space premise and three zany comedians who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of taste for a laugh (see The Interview and The Hangover for starters), The Something has a lot of potential as a ribald space adventure. As fans of the British space sitcom Red Dwarf understand, a well-written and cleverly paced show can have a lot of fun with the marooned concept. On the series, the crew ran across crazed computers, psychotic robots, brain-sucking sirens, and emotion-feasting genetic mutants. Rogen, Hader, and Galifianakis have the opportunity to really step outside the rules of Earth-based physics for some mind-blowing and truly hilarious space laughs.
On the other hand, sci-fi comedies have a lot of possible pitfalls. It’s very easy to misstep, miring the wit in silly special effects or losing the epic scale in a series of scatological humor (not that such jokes can’t work in space, in the right context). With the proper handling, The Something could really be, well, something – or it could be a lost opportunity.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news concerning The Something.