FX Developing Animated Comedy From 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' Creator (Exclusive)

Grant Dekernion Matt Maiellaro Split - H 2012

Grant Dekernion Matt Maiellaro Split - H 2012

FX is continuing its push into animation.

The male-skewing cable network, which recently renewed Archer for a fourth season, is developing a half-hour animated comedy project from the co-creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Aqua Teen's Matt Maiellaro and newcomer Grant Dekernion are penning the untitled project, which would revolve around a man recently released from prison.

Dekernion, a friend of Danny McBride, took the idea to the Eastbound and Down star and his production company, Rough House. The shingle's Matt Reilly then connected the duo with Maiellaro to flush out the concept. McBride is attached to voice a character in the project, which is in development.

The animated prison project joins an FX development slate that recently delivered freshman animated series Unsupervised.

Should the project go to series, Maiellaro and Dekernion would be credited as co-creators, writers and exec producers, with the former serving as showrunner. The project hails from Rough House, with the company's David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, McBride and Reilly also receiving credit as exec producers.

Maiellaro is repped by Josh McGuire and Trevor Engelson at Underground. Dekernion is repped by Ginsburg Daniels.

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