A decade after Netflix essentially killed the video rental industry, the streaming giant is making a comedy series about Blockbuster Video, because there’s no law against making content out of your fallen foes.
Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat, WandaVision) is set to star in a new Netflix comedy series that takes place at the last Blockbuster Video store in America. According to Netflix, the 10-episode series will explore “what it takes — and who it takes — for a small business to succeed against all odds.” Making a comedy series about a business you put in the ground is admittedly ice cold, but the reliably talented Park’s involvement at least suggests it’ll be funny.
The workplace comedy will be written by Vanessa Ramos, who has had tremendous success with other workplace comedies like NBC’s Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so we’re pretty excited to see what sort of situations Ramos comes up with at Blockbuster.
Before the streaming wars began, way back in the ’90s, Blockbuster video stores were the place to get the latest movies and shows. Strolling the video aisles, trying to find the last copy of the latest big movie is something that kids these days just won’t understand. But thanks to streaming giants like Netflix and video kiosks like Redbox, the days of Blockbuster’s dominance are long gone.
There’s currently only one Blockbuster left, located in Bend, Oregon, and it seems to be holding strong. If Netflix isn’t careful, it could spark a revival in Blockbuster interest and pump some fresh oxygen into the smoldering flames of its rival. Guess we’ll find out.