After helming the very dark dramas Undertow (2004) and Snow Angels (2007), filmmaker David Gordon Green lightened up with the recently released Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy Pineapple Express, and has now set his sights on animation. According to Daily Variety the FOX network has ordered a pilot episode of Good Vibes, a half-hour comedy Green is writing and will exec produce with Good Humor TV’s Tom Werner and Mike Clements, and Simpsons animator Brad Ableson.
Good Vibes originated at Good Humor TV parent company Warner Bros. The pilot is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television and will reportedly revolve around two California high school students who spend their time surfing.
FOX is aggressively seeking to beef up its slate of primetime animated shows, which do very well in the ratings on Sunday nights. The network recently gave the green light to an untitled toon pilot from comedian Jeff Foxworthy and 10 Items or Less exec producers Nancy Hower and John Lehr, which will revolve around a disfunctional NASCAR family. The latest animated prospect to go to series is The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy. The sow is being shopped at this month’s MIPCOM television market in Cannes, and is slated to hit the air next year. Other toon series in development include an animated version of FOX’s short-lived, live-action sitcom The Pitts from Simpsons producer Mike Scully; Relative Insanity from actor Jack Black; and Mothballs from Drawn Together creators Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser.