BBC & US Network FX Developing Martin Freeman Comedy ‘Breeders’
It looks like Martin Freeman could be heading back to his comedy roots with ‘Breeders’, a new pilot being developed by Avalon Television for the BBC & US Network FX.
Details on the actual plot are scarce, but you might have guessed from the title, it is said to be about parenting. Freeman, who co-created the series, actually mentioned it in an interview last year saying “I’ve got a comedy thing in the pipeline that I’m helping to create. Based on a dream I had, actually. It was sort of true, true about the way I feel about something. So I’m getting together with a very good writer and a very good director and we’re hammering that out at the moment.”
He was not joking about the writer and director either. Simon Blackwell, who wrote on ‘Veep’, ‘Peep Show’ and created Mitchell and Webb’s latest series ‘Back’ for Channel 4 penned the pilot script. Ben Palmer, who shot ‘The Inbetweeners’ and ‘Back’ has directed it.
The rest of the cast isn’t too shabby either. The legendary Michael Gambon (aka Harry Potter’s Albus Dumbledore) has taken a role, along with the brilliant Daisy Haggard who starred in ‘Episodes’ and the superbly funny ‘Uncle’.
Freeman can currently be seen in the runaway blockbuster hit ‘Black Panther’, and is set to star in the comedy film ‘Ode to Joy’ with Morena Baccarin (‘Firefly’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Deadpool’), and Melissa Rauch (‘Big Bang Theory’) about a man suffers from a serious disease that causes acute narcolepsy whenever he is happy.
The pilot for ‘Breeders’ has already been shot, so we’re just waiting to hear if the BBC and FX are going to take it forward. We’ll let you know when we hear more.