MTV is developing a live-action reboot of its iconic animated series Aeon Flux, bringing aboard Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis to write the script and serve as an executive producer. Chung's distorted figures performing acrobatic stunts in skimpy leather outfits, freakish futuristic architecture, zero dialogue, and ending every short by killing the protagonist in some brutal way, was unlike anything that was on the air before or largely since, and, after Charlize Theron and director Karyn Kusama tried to make it a film franchise in 2005, the cartoon is coming back to live action. Those shorts were followed up with five additional short-form animated episodes in 1992, and in 1995, MTV ordered a 10-episode season of half-hour episodes as its own stand-alone series.
The original Aeon Flux aired in 1991 on MTV as a series of shorts created by animator Peter Chung. The show was created by animator Peter Chung, and is set in the year 7698, in the aftermath of a global environmental crisis that wiped out almost the entire planet, except for two border cities in what was previously referred to as Eastern Europe. This will be the first time Aeon Flux will be in live-action on the small screen.
Sadly, the Aeon Flux movie was a disaster, both critically and at the box office.
The inventive assassin thriller ran for three animated seasons on MTV back in the early to mid 1990s, eventually getting a film adaptation starring Theron and Frances McDormand in 2005.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report news of the reboot. Sources told THR that MTV is preparing to launch a studio that will further monetize its library as part of Viacom's push to revitalize its cable brands. The movie holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 9 percent.
Hopefully, this new series can match reverse that negative reaction. Is this a good move by MTV, or are they setting themselves up for failure?