Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte has teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for The Last Man On Earth, a single-camera comedy pitch which, in a competitive situation, has landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment. Written by Forte and produced by 20th TV and studio-based Lord Miller, The Last Man On Earth is about two strangers who must overcome their differences and work together to ensure the survival of the human race. Forte will write and executive produce but is currently not attached to star. Also executive producing the project are Miller, Lord and Lord Miller’s President of Television Seth Cohen. This marks a return to writing for Forte, who started off as a writer on the Late Show, 3rd Rock From The Sun and That ’70s Show before hitting stardom on SNL, where he was a cast member for a decade. It also reunites him with Miller and Lord after voicing a character on their 2002 animated series Clone High and with Fox and 20th TV after toplining their 2012 pilot Rebounding.
This marks the second sale and second big commitment for Lord Miller, in its first development season under a rich three-year deal at 20th TV. The duo, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, also have comedy Torched, written by Chris Romano and executive produced by Johnny Depp, at Fox with a put pilot commitment. They also directed the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine as part of their return to TV after a seven-year stint exclusively in features. Forte, repped by UTA, Mosaic and Ken Richman, is in several upcoming movies that had festival premieres, Nebraska, Life Of Crime and Run And Jump, and just wrapped Squirrels To The Nuts. He received an Emmy nomination for his recurring role on 30 Rock.