A24 has begun production and will independently finance the first season of Moonbase 8, a six-episode original comedy series from Portlandia co-creators Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel, Tim Heidecker (Tom Goes To The Mayor) and John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph). Armisen, Heidecker and Reilly also are set to star and Krisel will direct.
Moonbase 8 follows three subpar astronauts living in NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in the desert with high hopes of being the next chosen to travel through to the moon.
A24 will produce alongside Abso Lutely Productions with Armisen, Reilly, Heidecker, Krisel, and Dave Kneebone all serving as Executive Producers. The studio will look to partner with a network when the episodes have been completed.
“Moonbase 8 is pure comic genius and we are thrilled to be a part of this show from the ground up,” says A24. “We can’t wait to introduce this fearless group of astronauts as they prepare to go where several people have gone before…but not as hilariously.”
Moonbase 8 marks A24 TV’s second independently financed television series. Their first show, Comrade Detective, starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and co-produced under Tatum’s Free Association banner, sold to Amazon and premiered in August of 2017.
Krisel is the co-creator/director/executive producer of FX’s Baskets and IFC’s Portlandia. He was also a director-executive producer on FXX’s Man Seeking Woman. He is repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorneys Alex Kohner and Nick Gladden.
Armisen is the co-creator and star of IFC’s Portlandia and Documentary Now! and star/executive producer of an untitled upcoming Amazon series. Armisen is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and attorneys Jared Levine and Corinne Farley.
Heidecker is the co-creator, star, and executive producer of Adult Swim’s Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and Decker. He also co-starred in HBO’s Eastbound and Down. He is repped by UTA, Rise Management, and attorney Mark Wetzstein.
Reilly is repped by WME, Framework and Gendler & Kelly.