Vulture reports the network has ordered an animated series based on the surprise hit film Napoleon Dynamite and another animated comedy series called Allen Gregory featuring Jonah Hill.
With the Napoleon Dynamite animated series, Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez (who played Napoleon and Pedro respectively in the film) will use their vocal talents to reprise their roles along with most of the film’s major cast members as well.
At this time six episodes of the series have been ordered with Mike Scully (who used to work on The Simpsons) executive producing with the film’s original writers Jared and Jerusha Hess. It doesn’t look like Jon Heder will be escaping from his star-making, but heavily overexposed role anytime soon.
I cannot see this series being successful. The movie was released in 2004 and six years is a long-time to make any spin-off let alone an animated television series.
On the other hand, I’m quite excited about the Allen Gregory an animated series which will have Jonah Hill voicing the titular role of a freakishly smart, internationally acclaimed 7-year-old kid who’s about to take on the task of attending elementary school with kids his own age.
Hill is executive producing and also writing the series with Hot Tub Time Machine screenwriters Andrew Mogel and Jarred Paul.
Both series will make their debut for the 2011-2012 TV season.
What do you think? Napoleon Dynamite still explosive enough to be successful? Will Jonah Hill's series be a hot? Let us know.