Aeon Flux (2005)
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Aeon Flux returning to MTV as live-action series

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Jun 12, 2018, 11:15 AM EDT

No, Charlize Theron’s not returning as Aeon Flux. That’s the bad news. The interesting news is that Aeon Flux’s sci-fi dystopian weirdness based on Peter Chung’s animated short series is coming back to MTV, where it originally aired — this time as a live-action series.

The inventive assassin thriller ran for three animated seasons on MTV back in the early to mid 1990s, eventually getting a film adaptation starring Theron and Frances McDormand in 2005. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the time is ripe for a reboot. That makes sense after the film had a rough go with critics, fans, and the box office while the series still retains much of its goodwill among the industry and fan communities.

And that’s not to mention this return to TV comes with some high genre pedigree at the top of the creative team. Jeff Davis (showrunner of movie reboot Teen Wolf) will be writing the drama as well as executive producing alongside The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd (who also produced the film version).

Where the animated version flourished in an experimental animated funhouse known as Liquid Television (where Beavis and Butthead got its start) that aired on MTV, the live-action version will be the groundwork for a full MTV studio to help the network leverage its extensive brand library into relevant, money-making properties. If it goes well, this could be a legit sci-fi flagship for the network.

The live-action series will take fans back to the “biohacking rebels” attempting to save humanity from some totalitarian baddies, all while Aeon Flux becomes one of science fiction’s coolest spy/assassins.

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