Hilarious First Look at SON OF ZORN from Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Thanks to EW we have our first look at Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s wacky looking new project Son of Zorn. This is a live-action/animated hybrid series that revolves around a character named Zorn, who is voiced by Jason Sudeikis. Zorn is the “defender of the island nation of Zephyria, who returns to Orange County, takes a job selling industrial soap dispensers, and tries to reconnect with his teenage son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines), who is otherwise engaged (literally, to a psychology professor at an online university, played by Tim Meadows).”

This sounds like an awesome project that could prove to be pretty hilarious. It comes from the guys who gave us The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, so we know that the great comedy is going to be there. Talking to EW about the series, Miller said:

“He tries to be a family man, but he is a barbarian warrior from another land who doesn’t quite fit in. The thing I like about this show is that while the premise is really outrageous and ridiculous, the tone of the show is finding the practical, real, understated minutia of daily life. And the parts of the show that feel the most interesting to me are the [ones that] play it relatively grounded for such a ridiculous concept.”

Lord talked about his favorite scenes in the series:

“My favorite scenes are Zorn in the break room at his office, putting cream cheese on a bagel with a sword and talking to weird strangers. Even though he’s a wild character, it’s all just really well-observed, funny, strange details about our life. Because he’s a foreigner, he’s highlighting what is ridiculous about the way we all live.”

This is sure to end up being being a wild and wacky show that will find a devoted fanbase. I think it’s great that Lord and Miller are able to get away with things that not many other filmmakers can. Lord realizes this and explained:

“I think we are addicted to the feeling of getting away with something. And when I see this show on the air, I’m going to think, ‘Why didn’t anyone stop us? This is crazy!’”

There will be 13 episodes of Son of Zorn in its first season, and the first is expected to air later this year or in early 2017. I can’t wait to see this!

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