Seth Rogen has been very busy lately. The Knocked Up star made his directorial debut with the hilarious This is the End along with his writing partner Evan Goldberg, he’s hosting Comedy Central’s “Roast of James Franco,” and now he has a new TV pilot set up at FX.
THR has word the cable network has ordered a pilot for an animated comedy called “Bigfoot,” based on a series of faux autobiographies by Graham Roumieu and written from the point of view of the infamous sasquatch, who is portrayed as just another everyman living in this world with typical people problems meshing with his animalistic tendencies.
For example, the memoir Me Write Book is described as such:
Like many reclusive celebrities, Big Foot is misunderstood. In his touching memoir Me Write Book he wants to set the record straight, proving that although he’s larger, hairier, and more foul-smelling than most of us, he’s really not so different underneath.
Only the most coldhearted among us could look on without compassion as this hirsute Everyman struggles bravely with casual cannibalism, Pringles potato crisps, embarrassing moments with peach Schnapps, the desperate loneliness of personal ads, and philosophical quandaries.
Readers will never forget the plaintive voice from the wilderness that howls from every page of this searing, intimate account of a man-beast in the promised land.
The books will be brought to life by “American Dad” writer and supervising producer Matt McKenna, who will be acting as writer and executive producer on this new animated pilot. Rogen and Goldberg will serve as executive producers as well along with Roumieu himself and Judd Apatow and Adam McKay’s frequent producer Jimmy Miller.
Rogen says, “This will be the greatest show about an animated Bigfoot ever made.” We’re inclined to believe him, and hope the pilot turns out well so FX makes a series order.
Meanwhile, over at Comedy Central, Rogen is getting more help with the Roast of James Franco. Names already announced to fling insults at the actor, director, writer, etc. include This is The End co-star Jonah Hill, “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader, and stand-up comedians Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Sarah Silverman and, of course, Jeff Ross. Now Funny People co-star Aziz Ansari and Andy Samberg will also join in the fun. And here’s a new promo featuring Rogen and Franco:
This will undoubtedly be the most star-studded roast that Comedy Central has done yet, and it will likely bring in a lot of ratings. Hopefully this opens the floodgates for more prominent and relevant stars to partake in this kind of fun.
The Roast of James Franco tapes on Sunday, August 25th and airs on Comedy Central next month on Labor Day, September 2nd, at 10pm ET/PT.
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