Cuphead headed to Netflix as animated series
The tremendously popular indie game Cuphead is getting turned into an animated series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant Netflix has teamed up with King Features Syndicate to bring the characters out of the game an into a streaming cartoon show. The game will feature the eponymous Cuphead and his brother, Mugman, as they have to contend with their deal with the devil in a high-stakes gambling match.
The series will be executive produced by C.J. Kettler (Carmen Sandiego) on behalf of King Features, while the brothers that created Cuphead, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, will serve as executive producers for Studio MDHR. Emmy and Annie award winner Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) will also executive produce. Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) will also serve as co-executive producer, while Netflix animation will produce.
The game, which was released in 2017, sports a look inspired by the classic (and terrifying) Max Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s and has sold over 4 million copies since then. It also took home Best Indie Game at the 2017 Game Awards as well as a BAFTA Games award.
It’s the first example of King Features plan to expand its character franchises across more media entertainment outlets, which it first announced back in February. Several iconic characters, including Popeye, Archie and Garfield, are also owned by King Features.