As part of its strategy for a year-round development cycle, NBC has given the green light to Lipshitz Saves the World, a comedy project from Cars writer Dan Fogelman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot is to be produced by NBC Universal Network TV Studio and directed by Chris Koch.

Lipshitz Saves the World centers on Adam Lipshitz, a 17-year-old social outcast who finds out in the most bizarre way that he might be the one to save the world. Fogelman describes the story as being in the vein of the "Matrix" movies" if Keanu Reeves wasn't good looking and "The Matrix" was not a movie but a pilot for NBC.

Fogelman wrote the script as a spec during one weekend a few months ago, just after he had wrapped work on the Fox comedy pilot The 12th Man, which he created.