The actor is slated to play an executive in a new sitcom about the employees of Blockbuster Video. The show will focus on what it was like working at the company before Netflix changed everything.
Randall Park is set to star in a sitcom about the employees of Blockbuster Video. The show is being produced by ABC Studios and will be written by David Caspe, who is known for his work on “Happy Endings.”.
Randall Park, who starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp, will feature in a Netflix original comedy set in a Blockbuster Video shop. Blockbuster is a new series from producer Vanessa Ramos (Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and it will apparently be set in a fictionalized version of the world’s last Blockbuster, which will be set in “a decaying strip mall in a dying town.” This sounds a lot like the @LoneBlockbuster Twitter account, a famous spoof account operated by miserable staff at the last Blockbuster, where everything is constantly terrible and the customers are a motley bunch of lunatics.
In Bend, Oregon, there is still a single Blockbuster Video store open for business. If the 2020 documentary The Last Blockbuster is any indicator, it’s in a stand-alone building rather than a strip mall, and the personnel and customers seem to be rather typical. When it first came out on Netflix last spring, it was a huge smash.
The Last Blockbuster filmmaker Taylor Morden remarked, “The irony of our independent film about Blockbuster Video and VHS rental being accessible to watch on Netflix is not lost on us.” “Netflix definitely has a nice sense of humour about the issue, but as the saying goes, history is written by the winners. It’s entertaining to imagine a future where Blockbuster and Netflix live happily.”
The Bend Blockbuster was also mentioned in a 2020 Legends of Tomorrow fan film starring Falk Hentschel and Ciara Renee, which was released during the pandemic and featured Falk Hentschel and Ciara Renee. Morden directed the picture, which was written by’s Russ Burlingame and Hentschel.
The management blunders that led to Blockbuster’s demise are detailed not just in The Last Blockbuster, but also in Built to Fail: The Inside Story of Blockbuster’s Inevitable Bust, a new book by longtime franchise owner Alan Payne, who also appears in The Last Blockbuster. H. Wayne Huizenga, who acquired Blockbuster soon after it was created and built it up into an entertainment powerhouse, then cashed out when it was at the peak of its power and worth, was replaced by a procession of CEOs who are harshly criticized by Payne.
That mishandling seems to be a terrific source of comedy for a Blockbuster sitcom, however it’s tough to judge what the show’s sensibilities are at this stage. The summary may be found below.
It’s an ensemble comedy set in America’s last Blockbuster Video that looks at what it takes – and, more importantly, who it takes – for a tiny company to thrive in a failing industry, a dying strip mall, and a dying community.
There’s no news yet on who filmmakers are participating or when the film will be released, but stay tuned for more information.
Are you looking forward to seeing the Blockbuster sitcom? Leave a comment here or contact @russburlingame on Twitter to discuss all things comics and inquire about his Blockbuster Video collection. There’s quite a bit of it.
h/t Netflix’s What’s On
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