Do you like the The Last Starfighter, a movie about a skilled video game fan finding out he’s actually been trained to take on an alien invasion by his favorite game? If so, you’ll love Future Man, a new TV show about a skilled video game fan finding out he’s actually been trained to take on an alien invasion by his favorite game.
Hulu announced that it’s commissioned a pilot for this half-hour comedy series, written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, and it’ll star The Hunger Games’ Peeta himself, Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson will play Josh Futterman, a janitor/pro gamer (is Peeta more of a DOTA 2 pro gamer, or a Street Fighter pro gamer? The questions you ask in this job, I swear to god) who finds himself thrust into a life of heroism when time travelers from the future tell him that his gaming skills have turned him into the perfect warrior to prevent an imminent invasion of Earth by evil aliens.
Like, straight up, this is a modern The Last Starfighter in all but name. Or, if you’d like a more timely reference, Ernie Cline’s Armada in all but name.
Which is kind of cool, I guess—it depends on how badly Future Man ends up relying on a complete misunderstanding of video games for its humor, which is all too common in modern media’s depiction of gaming. But at the same time, The Last Starfighter, warts and all, is still a pretty great watch 30 years after the fact. Do we need to see an in-all-but-name modern take on it?