Paul Feig's worked as a writer, producer and director on shows such as "Freaks and Geeks," "The Office" and "Arrested Development," and his newest work is called "Other Space."
It's set in the year 2105, and focuses on an international band of space explorers lead by a captain who is a far, far cry from James Kirk. All eight episodes of "Other Space" are out on Yahoo!.
Feig recently joined Take Two host Alex Cohen to talk about the show, he said that he was inspired to make it because he'd been a science fiction fan his whole life:
"I just noticed over the years there was no sci-fi comedy to speak of. And so I thought well, I just want to do a smart sci-fi comedy that's basically, it's a sci-fi show, but it's funny and the characters are dealing with real issues from science fiction."
But like many things in Hollywood, at first, the show was not meant to be, says Feig:
"So, this was something that I actually developed eight years ago for NBC and they didn't know what to do with it. And we didn't even shoot the pilot because they wanted it to be a sitcom, like in front of an audience, and I thought it wouldn't work that way.
"But then it took me about eight years to get the script back because they owned it. So when I got it back, it just happened that right around that time Yahoo! contacted my agent about wanting to put real money into... a couple of shows. And so I sent it to them... I'm not usually the guy who hangs onto passion projects, because I think you kind of evolve past those, but this was just one that always stuck with me..."
Feig's known for having a good eye for spotting unknown actors and actresses with talent and elevating them within his work. Take for instance "Freaks and Geeks." Check out the cast list on that show. Could he do the same thing with the cast of "Other Space"?
"What you're looking for is, "A" that they're funny. "B" that they bring a personality or a unique voice to things. So in the audition process, first of all I always tell people, don't worry about the script... change it to whatever you want. If you want to reword it, if you want to add jokes. Do whatever it takes to show me that you're going to be more than just an actor showing up and reciting lines."
Speaking of casting, the "Ghostbusters" reboot came up during the conversation as well. It comes out in 2016 and it's being directed by Feig, who chose an all female cast to play the main characters.
"I love funny women. It's just been my life's goal to get funny women better roles, because I just throughout my career saw the funniest women I knew showing up in projects not being allowed to be funny. And usually just having to be mean or the bitchy girlfriend... and I was like this is such an injustice because the guys get to be hilarious... And it's selfish too because my brain thinks more in terms of female comedy, I guess. Male comedy in general, this is an overgeneralization, but can be very over aggressive...
"The hardest thing about casting "Ghostbusters" was there's 30 other women I would love to have in those roles too. But you've got to go like, who's going to be the perfect mix that aren't sort of going to step on each other and be mirror images of each other. So, these four are so unique and have such strong voices... If my career is nothing but working with funny women and giving more and more of them opportunities, that's really all I care about."