The show’s title character — janitor by day, world-ranked videogamer by night — is tasked with preventing the elimination of the human race after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion.
“Future Man” is exec produced by Rogen, Goldberg, James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Schaffir and Matt Tolmach. Rogen and Goldberg also will direct the pilot; script is written by Schaffir and Hunter.
Project is produced by Sony Pictures Television — marking its first deal with Hulu for an original — along with Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures and Matt Tolmach Prods. Rogen and Goldberg previously collaborated on Sony Pictures’ controversial film “The Interview,” a comedy imagining the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, which Rogen starred in and Goldberg co-directed.
The pickup is the latest in the efforts by Hulu, jointly owned by Disney, NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox, to add more original content in a bid to drive up subscriber numbers.
Other comedies in Hulu’s lineup include the recently debuted “Difficult People” produced by Amy Poehler and starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner; “Casual” from Jason Reitman, set for October; and Mindy Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” acquired after Fox’s cancellation of the show, with season 4 slated to premiere on Hulu Sept. 15.