Film Roman, one of the animation companies behind such hits as “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” has announced an adaptation of “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow,” the acclaimed long-running comic strip written and inked by Dan Perkins, as an episodic animated series.
“Film Roman is the ideal company to produce a series based on the strip, considering its immensely successful track record over the years.” Perkins said in a statement.
Regarding the animation’s format and distribution, Film Roman CEO Steve Waterman expressed his open-mindedness, saying “With its large and enthusiastic following, [“This Modern World” is] a show that could work in a broadcast, cable or streaming environment, and we’re going to explore all of those options.”
Universal Cartoon Studios and Hanna-Barbera veteran Jeff Segal is slated to be the series’ executive producer, and he sees the show as “targeting essentially the same demographic as ‘The Simpsons,’ [and it] will tackle hot button social and political issues, with Dan’s trademark brand of rapier wit and edgy satire.”
This is not the first time the strip, which has run in publications as varied as “Esquire” and “The Economist,” has been adapted into moving pictures. In 2000, animation studio Flickerlab produced a 39-episode “This Modern World” web series.
Meanwhile, IDW Publishing will continue to publish print collections of “Tom Tomorrow” strips. The latest, “Crazy is the New Normal,” will be released on October 18. It will be followed by a massive two-volume “This Modern World” hardcover/career retrospective covering a quarter of a century’s worth of “Tom Tomorrow” strips.
Watch a trailer for the latest collection below:
No release date or network has been announced for “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow.
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