New Earthworm Jim TV Collection Is Within the Works

New Earthworm Jim TV Series Is In the Works

In at the moment’s version of “who requested for this?,” Selection stories that an Earthworm Jim TV sequence is within the works at Interaction Leisure, the present homeowners of the franchise.

Interaction launched a 2-minute teaser trailer that includes Earthworm Jim in a tongue-in-cheek “Behind-the-Music” like interview describing his historical past as a spacefaring adventurer.

The sequence, titled “Earthworm Jim: Past the Groovy,” reportedly follows Earthworm Jim’s adventures preventing evil from planet to planet all through the galaxy, with every planet that includes a distinct race of anthropomorphic animal-like aliens. Earthworm Jim’s final purpose is to get again to his dwelling planet, you guessed it, Earth.

Idea artwork from Earthworm Jim: Past the Groovy

Interaction is launching efforts to develop new TV sequence and movies with a brand new division of the corporate. Interaction is working with Ardour Photos, which has produced varied animated brief movies and commercials, similar to two episodes of “Love, Dying, and Robots,” and several other animated trailers for Apex Legends.

The teaser trailer signifies a barely extra mature tone for Earthworm Jim, with the character referring to a thermostat added to his swimsuit to “hold my ass heat” and that he spent 25 years in rehab. The Earthworm Jim video games (and even the shortlived 1990’s animated sequence on Youngsters’ WB) caught comparatively near kid-friendly fare, however the authentic builders at Shiny Leisure and creator Doug Tenaple (who additionally voiced Jim within the video games) incessantly skewered online game and movie tropes, including characters like “Princess What’s-her-name” as a riff on Princess Peach and extra generic damsels in misery.

Concept art from Earthworm Jim: Beyond the Groovy

Idea artwork from Earthworm Jim: Past the Groovy

It is unclear if creator Doug TenNaple or different members of the unique improvement staff are concerned within the mission. TenNaple has a historical past of anti-LGBTQ views, talking out towards marriage equality, and has misgendered a transgender journalist who criticized his work in 2017. IGN has reached out to Interaction to ask whether or not TenNaple has any involvement, however didn’t instantly recieve a reply.

“I bear in mind loving ‘Earthworm Jim’ as a child,” mentioned Michael Okay. Parand, the director of Interaction’s new movie and TV division. “And there’s a lot potential on this story universe: a galaxy stuffed with animals battling for energy.  Jim is an earthworm in a universe the place Earth is nothing greater than a fantasy. His battle to seek out which means is surreal and comical, nevertheless it’s additionally relatable.”

Earthworm Jim’s star energy has light since his peak within the mid-to-late 90’s. Whereas the primary two video games had been successes based mostly on their gameplay and engaging 2D graphics, Earthworm Jim 3D and subsequent releases had been vital and industrial failures, with the final sport releasing in 1999.

Joseph Knoop is a author/producer/lowly worm for IGN.

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