Randall Park is set to star in a Netflix workplace comedy in the last remaining Blockbuster Video store. The Universal Television series has an order of 10 episodes.
Remember: Netflix helped shut down Blockbuster Video. Back then, Netflix was a DVD delivery service. Blockbuster tried to follow this strategy but couldn’t weather a perfect storm of financial mismanagement and went bankrupt – all but one store.
The last real Blockbuster Video store is in Bend, Oregon. A Netflix documentary, âThe Last Blockbuster,â drew international attention to the retail store at the end of a mall.
âBlockbusterâ is an ensemble comedy set in America’s latest Blockbuster video. The series explores what it takes – and more specifically, who it takes – for a small business to succeed against all odds, according to its connection line.
The one-camera comedy comes from âSuperstoreâ writer Vanessa Ramos. She will write with “David Caspe” and “Jackie Clarke”, both of “Happy Endings”. These three will produce alongside John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment.
âTo do a show about a place I love, with my friends Jackie and David, and Randall Park as a star is a dream come true, to put it mildly,â Ramos said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more grateful to Jim and Megan from Universal for supporting this project from day one and Tracey, Andy and the whole team at Netflix for participating in so many weird jokes.”
âWhen Vanessa and David first arrived and shared this idea for a comedy series, we were immediately excited,â said Tracey Pakosta, head of comedy at Netflix. âThis is ultimately the story of a group of dedicated colleagues, with a lot of heart. And now, with the hilarious Randall Park signing on to star, it’s a given. “
“We’re so excited to be walking down the aisles of a blockbuster once again, with Vanessa, David and Jackie leading the way,” added Jim Donnelly, executive vice president of comedy development at Universal Television. “We’re also excited to continue our partnership with Netflix, where we never have to worry about late fees.”
Park is replaced by Artists First, UTA and Myman Greenspan.