It looks as though we will all be returning to Bloom County in animated form in short order.
FOX Entertainment has announced that it is teaming up with Bento Box Entertainment, Miramax, Spyglass Media Group, and Project X Entertainment for an animated Bloom County series. Berkeley Breathed, creator of the popular comic strip, is involved as a co-writer and executive producer.
The series is described as centering “on a collapsed lawyer, a lobotomized cat and a penguin in briefs and fruit headwear living in the world’s last boarding house in the world’s most forgotten place deep in the dandelion wilds of FlyWayWayOver country. To wit, today’s America at a glance.”
“At the end of Alien, we watched cuddly Sigourney Weaver go down for a long peaceful snooze in cryogenic hyper-sleep after getting chased around by a saliva-spewing maniac, only to be wakened decades later into a world STUFFED with far worse,” Breathed said in a statement. “FOX and I have done the identical thing to Opus and the rest of the Bloom County gang, may they forgive us.”
Added Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, of FOX Entertainment, “I was introduced to the brilliance of Berkeley Breathed and ‘Bloom County’ as a teenager. His signature blend of satire, politics and sentiment hooked me. Plus, I love Opus. Today, Berkeley’s smart and hilarious take on American culture is more relevant than ever. And, together with Bento Box, we’re thrilled to bring his unique ensemble of characters and social commentary to broadcast television.”
Bloom County made its national syndication debut in 1980 and ran until 1989. It was then followed up by a spinoff called Outland, and then eventually Opus. Breathed revived Bloom County in 2015 via his Facebook page.