EXCLUSIVE: The Proposal co-stars and good friends Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are teaming again, this time in television. Reynolds and Bullock are expected to lead the voice cast of And Then There Was Gordon, an animated comedy from Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s recently launched TV company DarkFire, which has received a presentation order from Fox. Reynolds and Allan Loeb will co-write the script together, with Reynolds also voicing a character. Bullock is in talks to join the project as an executive producer and a lead cast member. And Then There Was Gordon centers on an ordinary child surrounded by his prodigy siblings and brilliant, but neurotic mother, a role I hear Bullock is eyed for. 20th Century Fox TV, where DarkFire has a first-look deal, is producing. Bullock would executive produce alongside DarkFire principals Reynolds, Loeb, Steven Pearl and Jonathon Komack Martin, all repped by CAA. And Then There Was Gordon seems to be the polar opposite to Fox/20th TV’s upcoming animated series Allen Gregory, which centers on a boy prodigy surrounded by average kids. This marks the writing debut for Reynolds, while Loeb’s writing credits include features Just Go With It and Wall Street 2.
In addition to boxoffice hit The Proposal, Reynolds and Bullock are attached to star together in a feature followup, Most Wanted, reuniting with writer Pete Chiarelli and director Anne Fletcher. Bullock previously executive produced and did an arc on ABC’s comedy George Lopez after championing the then-little known comedian Lopez. This is the second sale for DarkFire. last week, the company received a put pilot commitment from Fox for comedy Guidance. Tyler Labine is attached to star in and produce the project, which is described as an adult buddy comedy set in high school.
In announcing the launch of their company in May, Loeb told me he and Reynolds will be focusing on comedy development, and while the emphasis will be on live-action comedies, DarkFire may also pursue animated projects. “I don’t think anyone can come close to Seth MacFarlane, but we’d like to try,” Loeb said back then. Three months later, he and Reynolds are throwing their hats in the animated comedy ring in a major way.