Hulu has started making decisions on its 2016 pilots with a 13-episode series pickup of comedy pilot Future Man, from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Matt Tolmach and Sony Pictures Television. The series, starring The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson, is slated for a 2017 premiere.
Written/executive produced by Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter (Sausage Party) from a story by the duo and Howard Overman and directed by Rogen and Goldberg, Future Man follows Josh Futterman (Hutcherson), an uninspired and dejected janitor by day/gamer by night who becomes earth’s unlikely hero when he is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity.
Also executive producing the series is James Weaver. Hutcherson serves as a producer and stars opposite Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr and Glenne Headly.
This marks the second pilot and second series for Rogen, Goldberg and Sony TV, joining drama Preacher at AMC.
With Future Man picked up, remaining in contention are Hulu’s other current pilots, comedy Crushed and dramas Citizen, When the Street Lights Go On and Dawn. The streaming network also has the upcoming straight-to-series projects Chance, Shut Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale.