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Development: Adult Swim orders two new animated series, Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio drama finds director, and more

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Aug 8, 2018

Aliens, anthologies, and one pizza delivery girl collide in our latest round of development news straight outta Hollywood. Buckle up, turn your radio down, and keep your telescope pointed at Mars as we provide the most exciting updates in film and television. 


First up, we've got two new animated series that were just ordered by Adult Swim: The Shivering Truth and Tigtone.

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Credit: Adult Swim

The former is a stop motion program described as "a delicately crafted, surreal anthology comedy, a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares, all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic." Comprised of a string of "emotional parables ...  that crawled out of the deepest caverns of your unconscious mind and became lovingly animated in breath-slapping stop motion," The Shivering Truth will continue the network's track record of really, really strange shows on the air.

Debuting later this year, the series was created and written by South Park producer Vernon Chatman, who shares directing duties with Cat Solen (Take My Wife). PFFR (Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, Xavier: Renegade Angel) will executive produce. 

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Credit: Adult Swim

Tigtone, on the other hand, is a 15-minute medieval project from Andrew Koehler and Benjamin Martin, based on their 2014 short The Begun of Tigtone. Focusing on a quest-obssessed hero, Tigtone will combine "highly rendered, hand-painted fantasy art, motion capture performance, 2D animation, and pseudo-3D visual effects," thanks to the folks at Titmouse. The series is meant as a satire of fantasy tropes that one would find in role-playing games, video games, and movies. Blake Anderson (Workaholics) serves as producer and will also lend his voice to the cast.


Next up, who wants to order a pizza with a side of occult sacrifice? Multmedia horror company Fangoria has found a director, Chelsea Stardust, for its genre-melding comedy Satantic Panic, Deadline has confirmed. The film follows a financially-troubled pizza delivery girl, who finds herself fighting for her life (and tips) after delivering some 'zza to a Satanic cult, which, aside from seeking Italian cuisine for dinner, also wants a virigin sacrifice. 

Written by Grady Hendrix (Mohawk) and based on a story Hendrix envisioned with  Ted Geoghegan, the movie is currently in casting mode, hoping to start filming in October in North Texas. Stardust is perfect directing choice, given her previous experience on projects like Insidious: The Last Key, Incarnate, and Sinister 2, where she served as Jason Blum's assistant. 

“Our movie screams for a female director’s vision, and we had a blast getting to know several truly talented candidates,” said producer Dallas Sonnier. “With Chelsea at the helm, I feel strongly that we have a future horror comedy classic on our hands that will be celebrated by Fangoria audiences who crave wickedly entertaining, boundary-pushing movies.”


And lastly, it's time to break out that old, wood-paneled radio set from the 1930s that you've got in the attic. Why? Because a drama about the story behind Orson Welles's infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast is on its way, writes Deadline

Titled We Interrupt This Program, the film will be directed by Bharat Nalluri (The Man Who Invented Christmas) and focus on Welles's conflict with producer John Houseman, who nearly shut down the entire production that tricked average listeners into believing that a genuine alien invasion was taking place in the United States. 

Staged on Halloween night of 1938 (three years before the release of Citizen Kane), Welles began narrating H.G. Wells' classic science fiction story as a simple radio play that soon turned into a full-on phoney news broadcast about Martians landing in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and wreacking devestation with their tripod war machines. Using the personas of a reporter, scientist, and survivor, Welles was able to sustain the believability of the illusion. This caused a panic amid the public, although their feelings soon turned to outrage in the following days after they realized they had been lied to. 


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