Ben Stiller is heading back to the small screen, signing on to executive produce and direct several episodes of Media Rights Capital's hour-long drama series Super Sad Love Story. The project has not been set up at a network quite yet, but Deadline reports that MRC is seeking a straight-to-series order, which they have received for all of their shows including Netflix's House of Cards and upcoming Starz' programs Blunt Talk and The One Percent.
The project is based on the novel of the same name by Gary Shteyngart, who will co-write the pilot script alongside Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion, The November Man, ABC's Last Resort). The story is set in the near future, following a book-loving man stuck in a technology-crazed society, who strikes up an unlikely relationship with a materialistic Korean-American woman. As this romance unfolds, the man must also deal with his increasingly demanding boss, who himself is facing pressure from the American government.
While Ben Stiller is expected to direct several episodes, it has not been confirmed if he will direct the pilot or not. Regardless, this will mark the actor/filmmaker's first TV directing gig since he helmed several episodes of Stiller and Meara. He has also served as executive producer on recent shows such as Burning Love and The Birthday Boys. No production schedule was given for the series.