EXCLUSIVE: For their first sale through their overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have teamed with Johnny Depp to produce Torched, a comedy project that has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. The single-camera family comedy hails from Blue Mountain State co-creator/star Chris Romano. It centers on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had. 20th TV, Lord Miller and Depp’s Infinitum are producing, with Romano, Lord, Miller, Depp, Lord Miller President Seth Cohen and Infinitum’s Christi Dembrowski and Norman Todd executive producing. Miller and Lord previously worked with Depp on 21 Jump Street.
The duo directed the action comedy, which featured a cameo by Depp, star of the series the movie was based on. Miller and Lord are directing the sequel, 22 Jump Street; they’re in production on the animated feature Lego: The Piece of Resistance; exec produced Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 after directing the original; and recently sold Miller’s spec script The Reunion to Sony Pictures, with Miller directing and Lord Miller producing. In TV, Miller and Lord, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, recently directed the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine as part of their return to TV after a seven-year stint exclusively in features. Romano — repped by UTA, Principato Young, and Ziffren Brittenham — spent the last season on 20th TV CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother as co-exec producer.