David Spade, TBS set for animated 'Joe Dirt'

Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison Prods. on board

TBS is partnering with David Spade to develop an animated version of his film "Joe Dirt."

The pilot script deal calls for the comic actor, Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison Prods. to collaborate on a series following a "mullet-sporting, muscle-car-loving loser with a heart of gold."

"David Spade is a hugely popular comic talent who has created a funny, yet lovable, character in 'Joe Dirt,'" said Michael Wright, executive vp of programming for TBS. "We look forward to seeing how he and his fellow writers and producers take this character in new directions as TBS continues exploring the world of primetime animation."

The movie "Joe Dirt" was released in 2001 and was a modest performer at the boxoffice. Spade, Fred Wolf and Donick Cary will executive produce. This marks TBS' third animated project following Fox TV and DreamWorks' "Neighbors from Hell," and Lionsgate and Olive Prods.' "Good and Evel."