When you think of the United States Postal Service, you probably envision postal workers driving those boxy trucks, stuffing envelopes into mailboxes, and dropping packages on the porch.
But over at Amazon Studios, they’ve got a different idea. They’re looking to deliver a spy action-comedy centering around the USPS.
Amazon Developing Spy Film About the USPS
No, that isn’t a typo. The U.S.P.S. will reveal that postal carriers are actually part of a covert spy organization. Sounds ridiculous, sure — but it also leaves me wondering why no one has ever thought of this ridiculousness before.
The U.S.P.S. follows Michael Griffiths, whose life is upended when his mother unexpectedly passes while in the “line of duty” as a postal carrier. The young man soon discovers that his mother was more than just a postal carrier. She was actually part of a covert, highly trained spy organization hiding in plain sight: the United States Postal Service.
You have to admit that it’s not a bad idea. I mean, I’d watch it.
The spy genre has been moving away from James Bond and the “gentleman spy” cliché for some time now. Aside from the Mission: Impossible franchise, spy flicks have mostly moved into the comedy realm. With the likes of Kingsman and Melissa McCarthy’s Spy, we’re ditching the reliably impeccable action thrillers and laughing at ordinary, everyday people with gadgets.
It looks like Amazon’s postal service spy flick will follow suit to deliver (excuse the pun) another fresh take on the everyday person spy idea. But in order to execute it just right, they’re going to have to hire the right actors. It seems like they’re off to a great start with this casting rumor!
Amazon in Talks With Comedian Jermaine Fowler
Amazon is in talks with comedian Jermaine Fowler to fill the lead role of Michael in The U.S.P.S. Fowler can currently be seen playing the long-lost son of Eddie Murphy’s King Akeem in the streamer’s hit sequel Coming 2 America. According to the company, Coming 2 America had the best opening weekend of any streaming film since March 2020.
Fowler has also previously been seen on The Eric Andre Show, CBS’ Superior Donuts, Sorry to Bother You, and even pops up in an uncredited role in Judas and the Black Messiah. He’s also getting ready to do some voice work for Marvel in next year’s animated series Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur.
The comedy is based on a script penned by 2020 Blacklist screenwriter Perry Janes. This would be Janes’ first produced feature, after penning a student short called Zug in 2012. We don’t know much about what Janes brings to the writers’ room, but Amazon has a decent track record of producing comedy TV shows and original movies.
Along with Amazon Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Chronology are developing the spy film. Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Karen Lunder are on board to produce the film. Carmen Lewis and Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Heisserer are also on board to produce.