Iron Man and The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct and executive produce the first episode of Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Favreau then will stay on as a consultant on the project, which has a straight-to-series order.

Set in space 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. MacFarlane wrote the pilot script and serves as executive producer. He is joined in the cast by female lead Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon and J Lee as members of the ship’s crew. Production begins this January.

Favreau directed the first two films in the Iron Man franchise and executive produced the third. He also helmed Disney’s standout The Jungle Book, which has grossed more than $955 million worldwide since opening on April 15. He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in Chef. Favreau is repped by CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath.