We got an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu’s upcoming outrageous and visually bold action comedy “Future Man” at Comic-Con. Josh Hutcherson stars as Josh Futterman, janitor at an STD research laboratory by day, badass gamer in his parents’ basement by night.
Director and executive producer Seth Rogen (This Is the End), creators Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir (Sausage Party), showrunner Ben Karlin (The Daily Show), and stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), and Derek Wilson (Preacher) all participated in the most entertaining panel of the week that was moderated by Paul Scheer (The League).
They discussed the series, that features time travel, and the global threat of oral herpes. What more is there to say? Well a lot more but unfortunately they haven’t released the sizzle reel just yet. What we do know is that there will be 14 episodes and you will be able to binge them all at once.
The series takes on a “The Last Starfighter” (1984) vibe, taking place in 80’s. Starfighter was about a skilled video game player getting enlisted to protect the galaxy from an alien invasion. Replace alien invasion with global herpes break out, toss in Rogen humor and you have “Future Man”
Writer Ariel Shaffir had this to say about the inspiration behind the series;
“All of us grew up in the era of these amazing movies like Back to the Future and The Terminator. This was an opportunity to lean into the genre, but do it in a funnier way.”
The panel itself was a real treat. Paul Scheer was moderator and some of the questions he was faced with was “What is your favorite movie” by what appeared to be a 12-year old. An attendee yelled out “Zack and Mira Make a Porno” but the answer given by the 12-year old may have been more startling. “The Purge” which drew face palms from the panel and groans from the audience. Followed by “What are we doing to our children” from Rogen.
I was able to ask the cast which video game they would want to live out in real life. Of course, Paul Scheer made me sing my question. So I belted out my best 80’s ballad which was followed up by these answers;
Seth Rogen: Wolfenstein 3D (Honorable Mention: Toe Jam and Earl)
Eliza Coupe: Pac Man
Kyle Hunter: Bubble Bobble
Josh Hutcherson: Spiro The Dragon and Crash & Bandicoot
Ariel Shaffir: Donkey Kong
Derek Wilson: Mario Kart
We don’t have a trailer or sizzle reel to share just yet but you can watch Seth Rogen and Josh Hutcherson introduce the series in a teaser here: