Jon Favreau has had enough box-office success of late to keep to the movie screens, but Seth MacFarlane’s trip to space has the Jungle Book helmer squarely thinking TV. Favreau will direct and consult on MacFarlane’s new live-action FOX dramedy, set 300 years in the future.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Favreau will direct the first episode of MacFarlane’s as-yet-untitled (but likely Orville) space dramedy, also serving as executive producer and consultant thereafter. The MacFarlane-starring series is set 300 years in the future aboard the Orville, an exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Ever the Star Trek fan, the Family Guy creator’s logline even specifies the crew will “boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”

Since the announcement of the series, other confirmed cast members include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Adrianne Palicki, American Dad! voice Scott Grimes, Peter Macon and J Lee. For his part, Favreau has also previously directed pilots for NBC’s Revolution and About a Boy.

Production is likely to begin in January, but could MacFarlane’s continued transition to live-action work with Jon Favreau at the Orville controls?

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