TV executives are once digging into the movie archives for ideas for the next hit series. But this time, we don't think fans, or the creative talent behind the film, will be quite so enraged.
Entertainment Weekly reports that DHX Media and Sony Pictures Animation are currently working on a new TV adaptation based on the bestselling book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the 2009 film of the same name and its 2013 sequel. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series —catchy! — will chronicle the high school years of the film's protagonist, eccentric young scientist Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader in the films).
DHX Media, which is behind Yo Gabba Gabba! and Teletubbies, will produce 26 22-minute episodes. "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs has a tremendous legacy as beloved children's books and a duo of highly popular feature films, showing how great ideas can succeed across media," DXH Media president and COO Steven DeNure said in a statement. "We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise re-imagined for the small screen."
Added executive producer at Sony Pictures Animation Rick Mischel: "DHX's track record in creating great kids' television content makes them an ideal partner to capture the unique humor and tone of Flint Lockwood and his friends that made the theatrical franchise so successful."
More familiar faces from the films, which grossed a combined $510 million in theaters, are expected to pop up in the series, including reporter Sam Sparks, Flint's dad Tim, Steve the Monkey and sardine model Brent McHale. No word yet on whether any of the films' voice cast will reprise their roles for the series.
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