Seth Rogen Space Comedy

It’s been awhile since there has been a straight-up comedy set in space. We’re not even going to talk about The Martian for that conversation, and Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t just a comedy. Feel free to offer up some other options in the comments, but I believe the last genuine comedy set in space was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But that’s about to change.

Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader are slated to start in The Something, a comedy that takes place in space, following a group of male astronauts, who, after being stuck in space for years, come upon another ship. Find out more below. Read More »

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How does “an ensemble comedy/horror hybrid set in deep space” sound, especially when the script in question is described as being similar to Zombieland? That’s the vague description for The Something, a spec script that has been picked up by Universal.

That pseudo-logline is one of three bullet points for this story, but the other two are probably more like inside baseball. For one, the writer is Rodney Rothman, who was the youngest head writer in the history of Late Night with David Letterman. Someone who is more familiar with the workings of a talk show writing stable could discuss how that is significant. And in a tough market for spec scripts — so tough that studios have recently bought very few that didn’t already have cast and director attachments — this one managed to sell. Does that mean it is good, or just seen as something easily marketable? [Variety]