According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV has picked up a live-action/animated pilot titled Dirt Squirrel from comedic actor David Arquette (the Scream trilogy, Eight Legged Freaks) and wife Courteney Cox (Friends). The duo inked the deal through their Coquette Prods. shingle.
The pilot features both live-action and animated characters set against animated backgrounds, with a healthy dose of visual effects thrown in. Arquette dons prosthetic makeup to star as superhero Dirt Squirrel, who keeps neighborhood crime down with his peculiar martial arts skills and assistance from the League of Super Nuts. Villains will be played by Cox, Paul Reubens of Pee Wee Herman fame and Lucas Haas (Witness, Heavy Gear: The Animated Series).
Arquette, who also wrote the script with Ben Joseph (The Cramp Twins), reportedly based the concept on a game he used to play with his father. This is Cox’s and Arquette’s first collaboration with MTV.