Though it may not have qualified for my Best ScienceFiction.com Movies of 2015 list, ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ was most definitely one of my favorite overall movies of last year. But before director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was known for his heart-breaking second feature film, he excelled on television with credits on the first three seasons of ‘American Horror Story’ and some of the best episodes of ‘Glee’, including season three’s Mike Chang-centric ‘Asian F’. And now it looks like he has returned to the medium where he tested his mettle thanks to Hulu.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gomez-Rejon has teamed with ‘Blood and Oil’ co-creator Josh Pate and writer Nicholas Schutt for an upcoming Hulu pilot called ‘Citizen’. From Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, the show set in a “supernaturalized” Los Angeles is described as “a fresh take on the hero origin story” that “blends elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism”. The pilot will be written by all three men, who will also serve as executive producers. There’s currently no word on whether Gomez-Rejon will direct though.
Some people may be confused since no one really talks about Hulu original programming aside from ‘The Mindy Project’, but ‘Citizen’ will join other new projects such as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘Future Man’ and the single-camera fish-out-of-water ‘Crushed’ starring Regina Hall, as well as the award-winning sports documentary series ‘Behind the Mask’ and the hilarious psychic comedy ‘Deadbeat’. Though the streaming site’s exclusive shows may not get much lip service from the community at large, they’re definitely working on making a mark comparable to Netflix or Amazon by adding more to their slate. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the latest work from a talent such as Gomez-Rejon turns out.