Fox greenlights new Ancient Greece animated series from Rick and Morty’s Dan Harmon
Fox has officially given a series order to Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon’s newest animated series which will be set in Ancient Greece. The project is currently set to make its debut in the spring of 2022, joining Fox’s long-running animated lineup consist of The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Set in mythical ancient Greece, the untitled series will follow the story of a flawed family of humans, gods, and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. Harmon will serve as the creator and executive producer for the project.
“It is such a nice, full-circle business moment in a sense that it represents many of the touch points that we’ve talked about,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said in a statement (via Deadline). “We have a Fox Entertainment fully owned and financed animated show from Dan Harmon at the top of his game that Bento Box will produce, and it will be ours for the broadcast network and to stream on Tubi. The series also is the first to move forward under our broadcast direct model.”
He added, “Leave it to Dan Harmon to turn the mythos of early Greek civilization into remarkably sharp commentary on today’s politics, celebrity and pop culture. This project is an incredibly irreverent family comedy as told by one of the town’s most inventive storytellers. We are proud to be partnered with Dan on this series, which strengthens our hold on the animation space and, as we continue to build Fox Entertainment, marks an important first step for us with our first fully-owned scripted property.”
The new animated series is part of Harmon’s broadcast network-only exclusive direct animation deal with FOX Entertainment. Because of this deal, the project will be fully-owned and financed by FOX Entertainment, which will produce the series, with Bento Box Entertainment serving as the program’s animation studio.
Harmon first rose to stardom in the late aughts on the small screen as co-creator and writer of The Sarah Silverman Program and creator, executive producer and majority showrunner on NBC’s Community, which ran for six Emmy-nominated seasons from 2009-2015. He would go on to co-create Rick and Morty with Justin Roiland for Adult Swim, which became one of the biggest adult animated comedy series of the last decade.
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