On a train bursting with irony, Netflix brings its old rival Blockbuster back from the dead in a new workplace comedy. meeting reports that Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Blockbuster from Universal, a single-camera comedy starring Randall Park set in the last remaining Blockbuster video store.
The series is by Vanessa Ramos, who previously developed the workplace comedies Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Happy Endings creators David Caspe and Jackie Clarke of Superstore are also on board as writers and executive producers. The producers have acquired the rights to Blockbuster and will use the store’s iconic logo and uniforms.
We don’t know the rest of the cast, save for Park, who is best known for his roles on the MCU, Fresh Off the Boat, and Netflix’s romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. The show will focus on a group of employees, “with a lot of heart”.
Universal TV Comedy Director Jim Donnelly noted the irony that Netflix was producing a show about blockbusters and said he was “excited to continue our partnership with Netflix where we never have to worry about late fees.”
Netflix and other streaming services directly contributed to the death of video rental businesses like Blockbuster. After the rise of Netflix, Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010. In 2013, Blockbuster announced that it would close all remaining stores.
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Stores operated as a licensed franchise, however, were able to keep the Blockbuster name. Currently, the only remaining location is the blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon. Last year, the Bend location started renting out accommodation through Airbnb.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.