Fox Developing Animated Fantasy Comedy From 'Megamind' Writers
Fox's animated brand is built on family comedies with stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy. Now the network is eyeing a new addition in Dark Lord Of Delaware, an animated comedy from Alan Schoolcraft & Brent Simon, writers of DreamWorks Animation's Megamind, and former FOX head of comedy-turned-producer Marcus Wiley.
The project, now in development, centers on Zarbus, a man who must deal with the conflicting emotions of being a stay at home dad after losing his job. The situation is made all the more challenging by the fact his previous position was that of a Voldemort-like evil sorcerer who once ruled over a magical kingdom. Now banished to our world, he must navigate the social minefield of suburbia while keeping his omnipotent powers in check. Schoolcraft and Simon are writing the script and are executive producing with Wiley who brought the project to FOX through his first-look deal with the network. 20th TV is producing. Schoolcraft & Simon, repped by ICM Partners and manager Brian Lutz, also worked on the upcoming Penguins Of Madagascar animated feature and are currently writing the character school comedy Uncharted for FOX and Davis Entertainment.