“Space Force came around in a rather atypical way. Netflix had this premise that they thought might make a funny show — the idea made everybody laugh in a meeting, an idea of a show about the origins of a fictitious Space Force. I heard about the idea through my agent, and Netflix pitched the show to me, and then I pitched the show to Greg, and we all had the same reaction to it. There was no show, there was no idea aside from the title.
Netflix asked, ‘Do you want to do a show called Space Force?’ And I pretty much immediately said, ‘Well yeah, sure. That sounds great.’ And then I called Greg, and I said, ‘Hey, you want to do a show called Space Force?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, that sounds good. Let’s do it.’ And it was really based on nothing, except this name that made everybody laugh. So we were off and running.”
Yes, Netflix apparently heard the phrase “Space Force” and ran with it. Just as any of us with access to billions of dollars in venture capital money would. Thankfully they decided to put that money to extra good use and bring plenty of talented people aboard. For in addition to all of the rocket ship hijinx, that Space Force trailer is really all about highlighting the show’s impressive cast.
In addition to Carell in the lead role, Space Force will star John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O. Yang, Jessica St. Clair, Fred Willard, and Lisa Kudrow. Not bad!