Following the news that Animals will not return to HBO for a fourth season, word is out that series creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano have signed a deal to deliver two scripts for potential Fox TV animated series, for various platforms. The agreement tasks the duo with writing one script, and supervise another writer on the second.
Animals just wrapped its third season — the adult comedy series followed the animated adventures of pigeons, mice, bedbugs and other urban wildlife trying to survive in New York City. Matarese and Luciano wrote and directed all the episodes, and voiced many of the characters, although high-profile guest stars have included Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes, Marlon Wayans and Emilia Clarke. Read our interview with Luciano & Matarese on Animals S3 here.
Fox TV has been taking aim at the original adult animation space, having recently ordered four series: Bless the Harts from Emily Spivey, for Fox; Hoops from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, for Netflix; Central Park from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad, picked up for two seasons by Apple; and Solar Opposites from Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and fellow exec producer Mike McMahan, heading to Hulu with two seasons. Bouchard and Bob’s Burgers writers/exec producers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux have also received a pitch order for The Great North.