I’m not really sure how fans of The Boondocks feel about the animated series being rebooted, but we’re getting a reimagining on HBO Max come fall 2020. The streaming service has greenlit a two-season, 24-episode order (each season will have 12 episodes).
The Boondocks reboot will debut next year with a 50-minute special. Also, the original animated series (all 55 episodes) will be available on WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer platform at launch.
Those who have been keeping an eye on this development will remember how the revival was being shopped around in late spring. Sony Pictures Animation confirmed the news at the Annecy festival in June. Many thought HBO Max would be a good fit for the revival due to WarnerMedia’s history with the fan-favorite franchise.
The original debuted back in 2005. The series was based on a comic strip from McGruder, and aired on Adult Swim. It ran for four seasons and concluded in June 2014.
“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TBS, TNT and truTV. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”
The upcoming series follows the adventures of self-proclaimed “Civil Rights Legend” Robert “Granddad” Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley.
The family has recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive.
“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” said McGruder, “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”
Fans will be glad to know that McGruder is returning as showrunner and will also serve as executive producer along with Norm Aladjem for Mainstay Entertainment as well as Seung Kim and Meghann Collins Robertson.
Sony Pictures Animation will produce the series in partnership with Sony Pictures Television.
As for other original content to expect from HBO Max, there’s Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai which will serve as a prequel to the Gremlins movies.
Are you excited about The Boondocks reboot? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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