13 half-hour episodes in the works
Plans for an animated TV series spin-off of Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” have come off.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brooks’ Brooksfilms Ltd. has teamed up with MGM Studios, cable network G4 and Berliner Film Companie GmbH for an animated TV series based on the 1987 “Star Wars” spoof.
G4 has exclusively licensed the first run of “Spaceballs: The Animated Series” for the U.S. market.
The series, which already is in production on 13 half-hour episodes, is set to debut on the network in fall 2007. Like the feature film, which parodied well-known science-fiction movies, the series will spoof current blockbusters as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics. Brooks, who will voice two characters in the show, co-wrote the pilot with Thomas Meehan. Meehan has co-written three film projects with Brooks, including “Spaceballs,” and will oversee all writing for the series’ first 13 episodes.