A 'Boondocks' Reboot Is In The Works With Original Series Creator Aaron McGruder
Sony Pictures Animation unveiled a slate of new shows and films to be released in 2020 and beyond.
The Boondocks is returning after all.
In a report from Variety, Sony Pictures Animation shared its roster for new shows and films it’ll be releasing in 2020 and beyond. Included in that list is the return of The Boondocks, the satirical animated TV series created by Aaron McGruder that appeared on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
According to Katie Baron, one of Sony Pictures Animation’s vice presidents, the reboot will be a re-imagining of the original, focused on “the battles of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County Maryland, with an iron fist.”
In a separate report from The Wrap, the updated reboot is referred to as a “subversive satire for the modern era.” Will McGruder be tackling some of the biggest headlines of that have come following Trump’s presidential inauguration? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.
Recently, John Witherspoon, the actor who voices Robert “Grandad” Freeman, had hinted at The Boondocks‘ return. “…they’re coming back. The Boondocks is coming back,” Witherspoon said during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. It’s still unknown if Regina King will reprise her roles as Huey and Riley Freeman.
In a previous interview, McGruder had hinted at bringing the show back, saying that “It’s close” to returning. In that same interview, McGruder also spoke about the show’s infamous R. Kelly episode resurfacing amid the release of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, as well as the sexual assault and abuse charges the artist has been hit with since.
“R. Kelly was a very slow-moving cultural thing that took place over years and years and years. And there was a lot of time for everyone to really think about it and mull it over and decide how they felt,” McGruder said. “We live in the era now where we don’t do that anymore. We don’t wait for the judge and jury. We make our decisions quick. It’s a very, very different time. And I think a lot of people are trying to reconcile their older selves and their R. Kelly fandom.”