20th Century Fox has ordered six episodes of an animated adaptation of 2004′s sleeper hit Napoleon Dynamite.
The series, in development since May, will feature the voices of several original cast members, including Jon Hader (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Aaron Ruell (Kip), and one again center on the socially-awkward teenager in Idaho. The original writers, Jared and Jerusha Hess, are working on the series with former “Simpsons” show-runner Mike Scully, according to Vulture.
What a fresh, timely idea. I give it a full season, at the absolute most, before it’s chucked in the failure pile next to short-lived shows “Friday: The Animated Series,” “Little Shop,” “Clerks: The Animated Series,” and any other cult films made into awful cartoons. Then again, this is Fox, where quality shows like “Arrested Devleopment” and “Lonestar” are canceled to make room for more “American Idol.”
Fox also ordered seven episodes of “Allen Gregory,” a show about world-renowned 7-year-old genius attending class with other kids his age. Superbad star Jonah Hill is executive producing, co-writing, and voicing the title character. At least this one sounds promising, if only because Hill is working with Hot Tub Time Machine writers Andrew Mogel and Jarred Paul.
Here’s a preview of the Napoleon Dynamite cartoon: