Warren Littlefield Developing 'Space' at FX (Exclusive)

Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe will star, write and exec produce the Fox 21 project.
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Warren Littlefield

Warren Littlefield's next project is out of this world — literally.

The Fargo executive producer is developing a series titled Space at FX, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project, which landed a script development deal at the cabler, "examines astronauts who have an incredible experience on the Moon, then come back to Earth and everything falls apart," Littlefield told THR in a recent interview. "It's a nod to the future."

Like Littlefield's other series, The Handmaid's Tale, Space would feature a reference to President Donald Trump if it is picked up to series. "In the pilot, there will be a Trump 2024 bumper sticker," he said.

Jim Cummings, who won the 2016 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize for his writing and directorial effort Thunder Road, will write, star and executive produce the series with PJ McCabe. Littlefield, his son and Littlefield Company vp development Graham Littlefield and Ann Johnson will also exec produce. Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball) is attached to direct and exec produce should Space receive a pilot order. Fox 21, where Littlefield has an overall deal, will produce. 

The project reunites Littlefield with Cummings, who guest-starred on the third episode of the acclaimed Elisabeth Moss drama Handmaid's Tale. Littlefield praised the filmmaker as a "fresh young voice" when discussing Space. "It couldn't be more different than what we do, but I would watch it," he said. 

Space also keeps Littlefield in the fold at FX, where he exec produced the network's acclaimed Noah Hawley anthology Fargo. Season three recently netted 16 Emmy nominations. However, it remains unclear if the series will return for a fourth season. "Noah has a lot on his plate. He'd also have to fall in love with a story he wants to tell," Littlefield said. "There's no question about FX or MGM wanting to do it. We'll see."

In addition to Handmaid's Tale, Littlefield also has several projects in development as the former NBC Entertainment president expands his company's slate. He is working on a remake of In the Heat of the Night with People v. O.J. Simpson writer and producer Joe Robert Cole, as well as an adaptation of the Thomas Perry crime thriller The Old Man that has Samuel L. Jackson attached to star (which would mark the actor's first TV series).

Cummings and McCabe worked together earlier this year on the short The Robbery and on the 2015 film 13 Cameras. Cummings' other acting credits include Casual, while McCabe's other credits include the film Funeral Kings.

Littlefield and Cummings are repped by WME. Littlefield is also repped by Hansen Jacobson. McCabe is repped by Authentic Management.