Hollywood tends to use the failure or success of certain genre blends as a sort of canary in a coal mine. If something dies at the box office, studios tend to back out of that genre tunnel pretty quick. Likewise, if something thrives, everyone piles in that same direction. And so, after the critical and commercial flop that was The Watch (it made $35 million in the U.S. against a $68 million budget), one would think studios would stay away from sci-fi comedies. Not Universal, apparently.
The studio has just picked up a sci-fi comedy spec script called Subdivision written by Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil) and Alex Ankeles. We don't know what the plot of it is this early on, though with a title like that it's hard not to picture sci-fi in a cookie-cutter suburbia neighborhood, but, whatever it is, it's good enough to grab the attention of Fast and Furious director Justin Lin. He's on to produce the film, and possibly even direct it.
This is actually the second sci-fi script Jurgenson and Ankeles have sold recently. A few months ago Paramount snapped up Hyperdrive, which was pitched as "a tough cop who recruits a geeky sci-fi author to help him track down a mysterious murder witness. While on their search, they find themselves in the middle of a space opera playing out on Earth." So it seems like the pair are pretty good at selling sci-fi to studios.
Now we just have to wait and see if that sci-fi is any good. If it's as good as Jurgenson's love letter to horror comedies, genre fans are in for a treat.