Netflix has confirmed that it has picked up the new 10-episode comedy series, Blockbuster starring Randall Park. The series, created by Vanessa Ramos and David Caspe and written by Jackie Clark, is set in the last remaining Blockbuster Video store in Oregon.
Deadline has called the irony of Netflix producing the series to be symbolic due to the complicated history between both video giants. While Netflix was originally an underdog in the movie rental industry, it has long surpassed Blockbuster as it becomes the streaming giant it is today.
The series was originally set to be an NBC comedy-drama nad explores “what it takes – and more specifically who it takes – for a small business to succeed against all odds.” Uni TV’s head of comedy Jim Donnelly said, “We’re so happy to be strolling the aisles of a Blockbuster once again, with Vanessa, David, and Jackie leading the way. We’re also thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Netflix, where we never have to worry about late fees.”
Ramos commented on the show sharing, “To say getting to make a show about a place I love, with my friends Jackie and David, and Randall Park as our star is a dream come true, somehow feels like an understatement. I could not be more grateful to Jim and Megan at Universal for supporting this project since day one and Tracey, Andy, and the whole team at Netflix for being on board with so many weird jokes.”
There is currently no word as to when the series will release on Netflix.
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