Dan Harmon Developing Ancient Greece Animated Comedy For Fox TV
Last summer, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon signed an exclusive broadcast TV deal with Fox entertainment to develop shows for their broadcast network. We’ve now learned what the first of those projects will be. Fox announced that Dan Harmon developed an animated series set in Ancient Greece, though we’ve not yet gotten a name for the show. The series is fully financed by Fox Entertainment, who will own the show and its characters. So, it’s possible that this could lead to a situation like with Community where Harmon could leave the show to continue without his involvement.
Recently, he and Justin Roiland signed a deal with Adult Swim to create 70 more episodes of Rick and Morty. Thus far, we’ve gotten ten of those episodes, broken into two five-episode chunks, comprising season 4 of the hit adult animated comedy. They’ve also released the Rick and Morty vs Genocider anime short and another based on classic manga Lone Wolf and Cub.
Image via Adult Swim.
With major mainstays like The Simpsons and Family Guy on the network, Fox TV is still very interested in developing new cartoons for prime-time. Yet, the ancient Greece animated comedy from Dan Harmon is the first show announced under the new Fox direct broadcast model. Much of what was 21st Century Fox now belongs to Disney, including The Simpsons. One of the few assets they did not purchase was the Fox broadcast network. (Disney already owns ABC.)
President of entertainment at Fox, Michael Thorn, told Variety.com about the project:
“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.”
There is not much else known about the Ancient Greece animated comedy other than it’s owned by Fox and led by Dan Harmon. More information will be announced as the series gets closer to its premiere. Currently, casting is underway for the voice actors who will bring these ancient gods to (animated) life.
What do you think? Are you excited to see what Dan Harmon does with the Ancient Greece setting?
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.