FOX’s ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Trailer: ‘SNL’s Will Forte is the Human Wall-E
Yesterday we caught the majority of FOX’s new series trailers, among them first looks at M. Night Shyamalan‘s ‘Wayward Pines‘ and ‘Broadchurch’ remake ‘Gracepoint,’ but the weirdest of all may have been saved for last. Watch former ‘SNL‘ star Will Forte scour the cursed earth for porn and Pop-Tarts in the first full trailer for the cryptic comedy ‘The Last Man on Earth!’
It’s closer in tone to ‘Wall-E’ than ‘Y: The Last Man,’ but the unique four-minute promo for FOX’s new series (currently slated for midseason, alas) takes on a uniquely cinematic tone, as Forte’s character slovenly rolls up to an abandoned supermarket to stock up on supplies, before fulfilling one of his dreams to sing the national anthem at Dodgers Stadium. Curiously, we can’t even make ‘Walking Dead‘ comparisons, as any and all human remains or signs of life are absent from the trailer, lacking even abandoned cars.
So reads FOX’s official press release:
From writer/producer Will Forte (“Nebraska,” “Saturday Night Live”) and directors/producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“The Lego Movie,” ”21 Jump Street”), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is a new single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: PHIL MILLER (Forte), who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank.
Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. Sure, there are some positives that come with being the last person on earth. You can go live in the White House if you want. You can park in handicapped spots without an ounce of guilt. You can decorate your home with priceless works of art. You wanna wear a pair of tighty-whiteys and nothing else every single day of the year? Not a problem.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is a comedy about a man trying to make lemonade out of the most soul-crushing lemon there is. But if anyone can do it, Phil Miller can. He’s not about to give up now. He is sad and so, so very lonely. But he’ll get through this. Because there’s a small kernel of hope that somewhere out there is another survivor. And maybe one day, they’ll run into each other. That would be a good day. And if that survivor happened to be a woman? Well, then that would be a great day.
FOX won’t reveal any other details about the series, though Forte himself will write and produce ‘The Last Man on Earth,’ alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, creative minds behind ‘The LEGO Movie.‘ Both Lord and Miller will also direct the pilot episode, while the network had also previously courted Forte’s single-camera comedy ‘Rebounding,’ ultimately passing back in 2012.
See for yourself as Will Forte becomes ‘The Last Man on Earth’ in the trailer above, and give us your predictions about the cryptic new FOX series!