Cartoon Network Down with The Boondocks

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cartoon Network is in the process of acquiring a half-hour animated series based on the syndicated comic strip, The Boondocks, created by Aaron McGruder and partner Reggie Hudlin. Sony developed the project for Fox, but the net ultimately passed on the left-leaning, politically charged comedy.

The Boondocks uses edgy humor to tackle cultural and political issues as seen through the eyes of two inner-city kids relocated to the suburbs and placed in the custody of their grandfather. The toon is expected to land a spot in Cartoon Network’s hugely popular Adult Swimlate-night block.

The comic strip first appeared in 1999 and is now seen in more than 200 newspapers. McGruder and Hudlin wrote the pilot for the toon and will serve as exec producers on the TV series. The duo is also scripting a Boondocks feature film, which Sony will develop as well. Given the studio’s commitment to producing CG features, both projects will likely be animated in 3D.

Hudlin wrote and exec produced the animated feature Bebe’s Kids and recently collaborated with McGruder on a graphic novel titled Birth of a Nation, published this year by Crown.