The sequence comes from Vanessa Ramos, who beforehand labored as a author on a number of acclaimed comedy reveals equivalent to Superstore, Crashing, and Brooklyn 9-9. Whether or not Blockbuster can even happen in Bend, Oregon as a nod to the real-life retailer just isn’t presently identified, though it’s doable. A earlier casting announcement revealed that Brooklyn 9-9‘s Melissa Fumero will star alongside Park in Blockbuster. Past the 2 leads, the sequence boasts a supporting solid that features J.B. Smoove (Spider-Man: No Approach Dwelling), Tyler Alvarez (By no means Have I Ever), Madeline Arthur (Snowpiercer), Kamaia Fairburn (Endlings), and Olga Merediz (Within the Heights).
In an interview with EW, Park relays how the solid and script of Blockbuster had been influential to his choice to be part of the present. It helped that he would then get the chance to work with Fumero, as Park admits to being an enormous Brooklyn 9-9 fan. Moreover, new pictures from EW could be seen beneath, accompanied by Park’s full feedback. He says:
“I simply thought [the story] was so nice. Whether or not it had been a Blockbuster or not, I believed the story and the characters had been so sturdy.
“There was simply a lot happening with these characters. There’s simply a lot historical past and so many sophisticated emotions, but in addition simply emotions of actual love and camaraderie… it simply had a lot coronary heart. I believe that that is what actually offered me.
“[Fumero] simply got here off of this iconic comedy present that I simply liked — I used to be such an enormous fan of Brooklyn 9-9. When her title got here up, I used to be like, ‘Yeah, that may be nice, however we’re in all probability not going to get her, she’s Melissa Fumero.’ After which we bought her! And he or she was simply so nice to work with.
“Not simply Melissa… your complete solid and the entire group. It actually was a dream simply working with them. Everybody was so candy. I believe you see that within the present. It actually got here from how all of us felt for one another and for this undertaking.”
Park’s vote of confidence for the Blockbuster script is critical for the comedy sequence not solely as a result of he is an actor with a long-displayed expertise for comedic timing, but in addition as a result of he’s a author himself. Along with different initiatives through the years, Park co-wrote the critically acclaimed 2019 rom-com All the time Be My Perhaps with Michael Golamco and his co-star Ali Wong. Studying that Ramos’ script impressed Park, who has in-depth data of what makes an amazing comedy and learn how to craft heartfelt moments, bodes effectively for the upcoming sequence that guarantees each laughs and heat. Plus, it seems like Blockbuster will function an thrilling solid of characters that may assist elevate the sequence past a typical office comedy.
Apart from Park acknowledging that the script for Blockbuster lays a stable base for the present, the sequence additionally could draw viewership purely because of the probability to see Park’s on-screen chemistry with one other adept comedic actor: Fumero. How her character Eliza’s relationship with Timmy develops whereas they’re attempting to save lots of the final Blockbuster retailer is one thing that viewers must see. That, together with the opposite bits of character improvement that Park alludes to, ought to kind the guts of the sequence. The Blockbuster crew sounds able to make their Netflix debut.
Blockbuster premieres November 3 on Netflix.