Netflix is set to explore a post-apocalyptic narrative once more with the upcoming high school dramedy Daybreak, which just added Matthew Broderick to its cast. Broderick’s addition to the series is just one of several recent moves the actor has made, as it was also announced he’ll join The Conners this season as a love interest for Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), and he will join Pamela Adlon in season 3 of FX’s Better Things. But for fans of genre material — especially the kind adapted from a graphic novel — the Daybreak news will likely be of particular interest.
Broderick’s return to a high school setting should make for a fun dynamic change, something that even flips the one-time Ferris Bueller’s role as the disgruntled and gradually more unhinged high school teacher Jim McAllister in Alexander Payne’s 1999 adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s Election. This time, though, instead of being the most overly charismatic high schooler in history or becoming the antagonist to an overachieving student, Broderick will be an ally to the kids — the ones who aren’t monsters (literally and figuratively), apparently.
According to an official release from Netflix, Broderick will play Principal Burr "The cheerful, upbeat principal of Glendale High... Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.”
As for the series itself, Daybreak sounds like it’ll be a fun genre mashup of teenage comedy and end-of-the-world disaster. At least that’s how the official synopsis paints it (or you can check out the series’ site here:
“Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the subversive dark comedy Daybreak finds 17 year old high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh's former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.”
From the sound of it, Netflix may have another The End of the F***ing World on its hands, if everything goes well. This time, though, the combination of humor and teen angst, set against a the backdrop of an apocalyptic wasteland, sounds as if it will make for a solid binge-watch.
Daybreak does not currently have a release date.