Strange Loop director Brandon Dermer just inked a deal with Viceland for their first-ever scripted comedy series, starring James Van Der Beek, who will co-executive produce the series along DJ/producer Diplo, co-founder of Diplo's management firm TMWRK and Kevin Kusatsu. The series, coined What Would Diplo Do? has been slated for six episodes, the premise being based on Dermer's short that depicts “A Day in the Life” of the Major Lazer producer, also starring Van Der Beek. The show is being "shepherded" by Spike Jonze, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who also serves as Viceland's co-president.
"Van Der Beek plays a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo in collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet… but kind of sucks one-on-one."
Van Der Beek, who also wrote the show, told Deadline that "the show doesn't take itself too serious but it's not cynical." More importantly, the character is based off Van Der Beek's portrayal of Diplo in the trailer for the Mad Decent Block Party.