Two of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s writers are writing a sci-fi TV show for FOX. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote the first few drafts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s debut Spidey movie, are developing a series entitled Proxy. It’s a sci-fi drama show, which Daley created, and it will have hour-long episodes.
Horrible Bosses was the first cinematic joint venture from the pens of Daley and Goldstein. They followed it up with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Horrible Bosses 2 and the National Lampoon reboot Vacation, before landing the Spider-Man: Homecoming gig. They first wrote together on an episode of the FOX series Bones, which Daley used to star in as an actor. Daley also appeared in the short-lived FOX series Kitchen Confidential.
And now, having achieved significant success in Hollywood, Daley is returning to FOX. The network has ordered a script for Proxy, which Daley will write. Goldstein is serving as an executive producer at this stage, but if the project presses ahead - after this initial script - he will also get involved as a writer. As for the plot, here’s how Variety describes the show:
“Currently titled “Proxy,” the project is centered on a technology that allows online followers to live voyeuristically through the experiences of hedonistic young “Proxies” on a remote island paradise.”
That’s an interesting concept, which taps into some of the current cultural zeitgeist. The idea of inhabiting young bodies was central to Jordan Peele’s horror hit Get Out, the success of which earned the comedic-actor-turned-writer huge respect in the industry. It’s easy to see parallels here, with Daley and Goldstein swerving away from their comedic past to tackle this dramatic material.
However, it remains to be seen if there’s room in the market for another show that puts the online realm in its analytical crosshairs. Black Mirror and Mr. Robot have been questioning the ethics of the internet for years, so Proxy will need to be something special to stand out from the crowd. Here’s hoping that Daley and Goldstein have a unique spin to bring to the table.
Perhaps the “remote island paradise” angle will help bring some fresh ideas to bear. Who are the brains behind this island, and what are their motivations? Maybe there’s a dark underbelly lurking behind the scenes, making the island a sort of Westworld crossed with Lost situation. Are the proxies and the island simply there to generate profit, or is there something more sinister going on? Only time will tell.
Proxy is still at the development stage. Keep it at Screen Rant for all the latest updates.
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