Back to the Future + First-Person Shooter = Seth Rogen’s Future Man (VIDEO)
Imagine for a moment that you are a janitor by day and an elite gamer by night. Now add a healthy serving of time travel and a whole lot of shenanigans. That’s the recipe for Seth Rogen’s latest comedy series Future Man that is set to stream on Hulu in the near future, and it will be starring The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson.
During the events at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, actor/writer/producer/director Seth Rogen brought a teaser trailer for his upcoming series Future Man. According to Rogen’s appearance in the video: “Josh Hutcherson plays a time traveling janitor who is desperately trying to save the future without completely fucking up the past.” The rest of the teaser is riddled with hilarity from both Rogen and Hutcherson. Check it out for yourself below:
Rogen and Hutcherson, along with actors Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson, and executive producers Ben Karlin, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir all sat down to discuss Future Man during SDCC. The plot of the show is that Hutcherson’s character Josh Futterman is a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by enigmatic visitors to travel into the future to prevent the extinction of the human race. There’s no doubt that the theme seems familiar, but the team assures us that even though it pulls from classic films such as Back to the Future, Future Man is not a parody. Ben Karlin stated:
This show is pretty much custom made for the Comic-Con crowd. It references and lives in the world of sci-fi–very happily and wholly–and pulls from these [movies] and TV shows from the last 20 to 25 years. There’s a lot of James Cameron, Robert Zemekis, and Back to the Future. The show has a genuine love for those things while also trying to be a totally original story. So it just feels very much at home in this world.
There’s nothing about this that is a spoof. There’s not a single thing that feels like we’re just doing a parody of something. We really wanted it to stand alone as a participant in the genre but more comedic than most of those other films.”
With Seth Rogen at the helm, viewers can expect a ton of adult-oriented comedy, mixed with some sci-fi action. Because the series also is focused on the fact that Josh is a hardcore gamer, there will be some heavy video game motifs in the series as well. Hutcherson says:
Josh is a hardcore gamer, and the game world we live within is the game that we created for the show, which is Biotic Wars. So we kind of live within that world and don’t break out of that too much.”
Speaking of Coupe and Wilson’s characters – Tiger and Wolf – Seth Rogen added:
It’s kind of inspired by first person shooters that have very rough, broodish characters that seem like they would be interesting to interact with, but the joke is when they come to life, they’re horrible. They just want to kill indiscriminately. They have no value for human life and come from a time where everyone is dead anyway. It would be very difficult to navigate working with them. People play these video games and think it would be fun to go into that video game world. But the truth is…if you’re going into a post-apocalyptic world–it’d be a fucking nightmare!”
Future Man characters Tiger and Wolf will travel back in time to recruit Josh to fight in their post-apocalyptic war, which takes place in 2162. According to Derek Wilson, “We come from a place that’s very violent. We live in a sewer. We eat rats and garbage. So we’re coming to save the world, but also we’re being affected by what we see and experience in this time.”
Sounds like a combination of badass and hilarious. Count us in! Every episode (13) of the first season of Future Man will be available on Hulu on November 14, 2017. What do you think of the concept of Seth Rogen’s sci-fi/action/comedy series? Will you be watching when the series premiers in November? Let us know in the comments section below! Don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter to catch our 24/7 live feed, covering the hottest news in gaming and entertainment.
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