Randall Park to star in Netflix comedy series at latest blockbuster
Randall Park is set to star in a comedy series on Netflix that takes place during the latest Blockbuster video, Variety has learned.
The streamer has ordered 10 episodes of “Blockbuster”, which was created by writer and executive producer Vanessa Ramos (“Superstore”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). David Caspe (“Happy Endings”, “Black Monday”) and Jackie Clarke (“Superstore”, “Happy Endings”) are also screenwriters and executive producers. John Davis and John Fox are also executive producers through Davis Entertainment. Universal Television is the studio.
The single camera series is described as an ensemble comedy set in the latest Blockbuster video in America. It explores what it takes – and more specifically, who it takes – for a small business to succeed through thick and thin.
“To say doing a show about a place I love, with my friends Jackie and David, and Randall Park as a star is a dream come true, that’s kind of an understatement,” Ramos said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to Jim and Megan from Universal for supporting this project from day one and Tracey, Andy and the whole team at Netflix for participating in so many weird jokes.”
Park is known for starring in the ABC comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat”, which recently ended after six seasons. He also co-wrote, produced and starred in the Netflix romcom feature film “Always Be My Maybe”. He is also known for playing Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically in the movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and the Disney Plus series “WandaVision”. He will next be seen in the Peacock comedy series “True Story with Ed Helms and Randall Park” and Netflix’s “Big Mouth” spin-off “Human Resources”.
He is replaced by Artists First, UTA and Myman Greenspan. Ramos is replaced by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
“When Vanessa and David first arrived and shared this idea for a comedy series, we were immediately excited,” said Tracey Pakosta, Comedy Manager for Netflix. “This is ultimately the story of a group of dedicated colleagues, with a lot of heart. And now, with the hilarious Randall Park signing on to star, it’s a given. “
There is actually still a still active Blockbuster video, which is located in the town of Bend, Oregon. It was the subject of the feature documentary “The Last Blockbuster” in 2020.
“We’re so excited to be walking down the aisles of a blockbuster again, with Vanessa, David and Jackie leading the way,” said Jim Donnelly, executive vice president of comedy development for Universal Television. “We’re also excited to continue our partnership with Netflix, where we never have to worry about late fees.”