In in the present day’s version of “who requested for this?,” Selection experiences 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 special race of anthropomorphic animal-like aliens. Earthworm Jim’s final purpose is to get again to his residence planet, you guessed it, Earth.
Interaction is launching efforts to develop new TV sequence and movies with a brand new division of the corporate. Interaction is working with Ardour Footage, which has produced numerous animated brief movies and commercials, akin to two episodes of “Love, Dying, and Robots,” and a number of 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 go well with to “maintain 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 Children’ WB) caught comparatively near kid-friendly fare, however the unique builders at Shiny Leisure and creator Doug Tenaple (who additionally voiced Jim within the video games) regularly 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.
It is unclear if creator Doug TenNaple or different members of the unique improvement staff are concerned within the challenge. TenNaple has a historical past of anti-LGBTQ views, talking out in opposition to 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 keep 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 filled with animals battling for energy. Jim is an earthworm in a universe the place Earth is nothing greater than a fable. His battle to search out which means is surreal and comical, however 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 primarily based on their gameplay and enticing 2D graphics, Earthworm Jim 3D and subsequent releases had been crucial and industrial failures, with the final recreation releasing in 1999.
Joseph Knoop is a author/producer/lowly worm for IGN.