Steve Carrell to star in Trump-inspired 'Space Force' comedy series on Netflix
Whether he is being mercilessly lampooned by Alec Baldwin on “Saturday Night Live” or praised by rapper Kanye West, President Donald Trump has been inescapable in American pop culture in recent years. And, according to the Hollywood Reporter, actor/director Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (creator of NBC’s hit program “The Office”) are developing a Netflix comedy inspired by Trump’s idea for a space force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Carell (who will star in the series), Daniels and television producer Howard Klein will serve as executive producers for “Space Force.” Previously, the three of them worked together on the U.S. version of “The Office.”
Scripts for the comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter, haven’t been written yet. Nor has Netflix determined exactly how many episodes there will be. But Netflix has approved a straight-to-series order for “Space Force,” meaning that Carell and Daniels don’t have to worry about winning Netflix executives over with a pilot episode. Many hit television programs, from “The Fugitive” in the 1960s to “Seinfeld” starting in 1989, were introduced with a pilot.
“Space Force” will be the 56-year-old Carell’s first-long term commitment since his seven seasons on “The Office,” which ran on NBC from 2005-2013. Originally, “The Office” was a British program aired by the BBC in the U.K., but Carell played the character Michael Scott on a U.S. version that Daniels developed.
On January 16, Netflix posted a one-minute teaser for “Space Force” on YouTube. The teaser reads, “On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced the creation of a sixth major division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks.’ Or something.”