Fox Keeping Han Solo Directors Around For More TV Work

By November 9, 2016
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As their career gets bigger, so does their workload.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writing and directing duo who are helming the new Han Solo Star Wars movie, have renewed their contract with Twentieth Century Fox Television, meaning there is more to come from the two on the small screen.

The deal comes on the strength of their two current comedies – The Last Man on Earth and Son of Zorn, both which appear on Fox.

The two will “develop, write and direct” their own television series, according to The Hollywood Reporter in both the live-action and animation mediums. While the Will Forte-starring Last Man is purely live action, Zorn is actually a mixture of live-action and animation.

That series, which debuted last September, features the cartoon Barbarian father Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) moving into a live-action suburbia looking to spend time with his son, played by Johnny Pemberton.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, join chairs and chief executives of Fox Television Group, praised Lord and Miller in a statement, calling them “wildly inventive guys who revel in breaking the rules.”

“In just the past few years alone, they’ve given Fox viewers shows about the last man on Earth, a cartoon warrior trying to reconnect with his teenaged son, and coming this spring, a pair of college professors creating chaos with a time machine shaped like a duffel bag. 

“They are quite literally in a class by themselves, and we love working with them. And we’re happy that we’ll continue to for many years to come.”

Lord and Miller are wasting no time with new projects. They already have a time travel comedy called Making History ready for Fox, as well as a series based on their podcast “Serial.”

Lord and Miller already have been honored for their work with an Emmy nomination last year for directing an episode of Last Man on Earth. The Emmy instead went to Jill Soloway for Transparent.

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