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Fox Orders Pilot for Julius Sharpe, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Time Travel Comedy

Fox is boosting its relationship with “Last Man on Earth” exec producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, ordering a pilot for the duo’s time travel comedy, Variety has learned.

Hailing from scribe Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, the Untitled Sharpe/Lord and Miller Project follows three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016, as the great moments of the past collide with today’s popular culture, with hilarious and quite disastrous results.

Sharpe currently works on “The Grinder” and is an alum of “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show.” With him, Lord and Miller, plus “Last Man on Earth’s” Seth Cohen serving as exec producers, the project keeps all familiar Fox faces in the family. (Lord and Miller are under an overall deal with 20th Century Fox, which is producing the potential time travel series.)

First put into development this past October, the project was bought with a put pilot commitment, signaling promise in the single-camera comedy, which has now joined the growing group of early pilot orders. This year, pilot season has kicked off early with pilots bubbling up at nearly every major network. Other than this time travel laffer, Fox has ordered a hot drama pilot from “Empire’s” Lee Daniels, which is set to star Queen Latifah. Meanwhile, NBC has seven comedy and two drama pilots in the works, CBS has the re-tooled legal drama “Doubt” with Katherine Heigl and ABC has three dramas and three comedies, including “Pearl” and “Speechless,” which were just picked up today.

Also at Fox this development season, Lord and Miller are reviving “Greatest American Hero,” which landed a pilot production commitment, and are exec producing the Jason Sudeikis-voiced animated series “Son of Zorn,” which is expected to premiere on Fox next season. Though comedy is their sweet spot, the duo is also developing a TV adaptation for the pop culture phenom podcast “Serial,” which 20th Century Fox’s cable studio Fox 21 plans to pitch around to cablers.

Aside from their blossoming TV careers, the duo was at the helm of “21 Jump Street,” its sequel and is set for the third installment of the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum franchise, plus “The Lego Movie,” which also has follow-ups in the works. The pair is set to direct the hotly anticipated upcoming young Han Solo “Star Wars” movie.

Sharpe is repped by WME. Lord and Miller are repped by UTA.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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