In today’s edition of “Who Asked for This?” Variety reports that an Earthworm Jim TV series is under works at Interplay Entertainment, the current owners of the franchise.
Interplay released a 2-minute teaser trailer with earthworm Jim in a tongue-in-cheek “Behind-the-Music” -like interview describing his story as a space adventurer.
The series, titled “Earthworm Jim: Beyond the Groovy”, reportedly follows the adventures of Earthworm Jim, who fights evil from planet to planet throughout the galaxy, with each planet featuring a different race of anthropomorphic animal-like aliens. Earthworm Jim’s ultimate goal is to get back to his home planet, you guessed it, Earth.
Interplay is launching efforts to develop new TV series and films with a new division of the company. Interplay is working with Passion Pictures, which has produced various animated short films and commercials, such as two episodes of “Love, Death, and Robots,” and several animated trailers for Apex Legends.
The teaser trailer indicates a slightly more mature tone for Earthworm Jim, where the character refers to a thermostat added to his suit to “keep my ass warm” and that he spent 25 years in rehab. The Earthworm Jim games (and even the short-lived 1990s animated series about Kids’ WB) stayed relatively close to kid-friendly prices, but the original developers at Shiny Entertainment and creator Doug Tenaple (who also voiced Jim in the games) often put video games in games. and film troupes adding characters like “Princess What’s-her-name” like a riff on Princess Peach and several generic girls in distress.
It is unclear whether creator Doug TenNaple or other members of the original development team are involved in the project. TenNaple has a history of anti-LGBTQ views, speaks out against marriage equality and has disrespected a transgender journalist who criticized his work in 2017. IGN has contacted Interplay to ask if TenNaple has any involvement but has not immediately received a response.
“I remember loving ‘Earthworm Jim’ as a kid,” said Michael K. Parand, director of Interplay’s new film and television division. “And there is so much potential in this historical universe: a galaxy full of animals fighting for power. Jim is an earthworm in a universe where the Earth is nothing more than a myth. His struggle to find meaning is surreal and comical, but it can also be related. “
Earthworm Jim’s star power has faded since his height in the mid to late ’90s. While the first two games were successes based on their gameplay and attractive 2D graphics, Earthworm Jim 3D and subsequent releases were critical and commercial failures, with the last game released in 1999.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer / lowly worm for IGN.