A new apocalypse dramedy is coming to Netflix and this one will feature Matthew Broderick. Netflix announced today that Broderick will join “Daybreak” as Principal Burr and the new series is expected to launch in 2019.
According to Netflix Broderick’s character is the “cheerful, upbeat principal of Glendale High”. The video-streaming service continued by adding, “Burr knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch. In a hashtag-filled world of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #timesup, Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.”
The series is based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the subversive dark comedy Daybreak finds 17 year old high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
Netflix has already ordered ten episodes of the series, which has Showrunner, Co-Creator, and Executive Producer Aron Eli Coleite (Locke & Key, Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes) behind it. The other Co-Creator is also the Director and Executive Producer, and that would be Brad Peyton (Frontier, Rampage, producing through ASAP Entertainment).
Broderick is a two-time Tony award-winning stage actor and was last seen on screen in “Rules Don’t Apply,” directed by and starring Warren Beatty. Broderick was also in “Manchester By The Sea” directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Next up Broderick will next star in “To Dust,” directed by Shawn Snyder, to be released in early 2019; and the animated comedy “Wonder Park,”starring Jennifer Garner and Mila Kunis, to debut in March 2019.