Ben Stiller is attached to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of Super Sad True Love Story, an hourlong dramedy in the works atMRC. The project, based on the novel by Gary Shteyngart, is currently casting and has not been set up at a network yet. It is expected to be pursuing a straight-to-series order as has been MRC’s model with all of its shows, including House of Cards on Netflix and the upcoming Blunt Talk and The One Percent on Starz.
Co-written/executive produced by Shteyngart and Last Resort co-creator Karl Gajdusek, Super Sad True Love Story is set in the near-future and explores the unlikely relationship between a bookish man stuck in a tech-obsessed society and a complex, materialistic young Korean-American woman. While navigating this romance he must also contend with mounting demands from his charismatic boss, who is himself being pressured by the domineering American government.