The prevailing success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller continues. Thanks to the smash hit that was The LEGO Movie and the unusual television comedy The Last Man on Earth, these two film/TV developers have earned the right to pretty much make anything they want. So how about a new comedy for Fox about an animated barbarian who returns to his live-action family? Sure, why not!
Lord and Miller are busy enough already producing sequels to 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, and working on the story for Warner Bros.’ superhero movie The Flash. How many more projects can these two be involved in? Now they do this… this Enchanted with muscles show.
THR reports that Son of Zahn, the live-action / animation hybrid series, will shoot an 8- to 10-minute pilot presentation for Fox later this summer. The story follows an animated barbarian father who has spent the past ten years waging war in his distant animated world. Zahn returns home to his live-action son and ex-wife, only to find his mundane suburban life a far bigger struggle than actual battle. He has trouble bonding with his family, and is bored by his new office job.
Johnny Pemberton is set the son of Zahn, a moody (live-action) teenager named Alan. Eric Appel will direct and co-executive produce the series, while Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne (Wilfred) will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. Seth Cohen will also executive produce.
A weird premise this is indeed. However, Lord and Miller are known for doing and succeeding with the unexpected. Standing on concept and the talent involved, I’d say this show warrants mild curiosity. Plus, who doesn’t like Barbarians?