Fox orders six episodes of animated Napoleon Dynamite

by Kelly MacNeil on October 12, 2010

Fox has officially picked up an animated series based on the 2004 indie movie Napoleon Dynamite.

The network has ordered an initial set of six episodes to be aired next year. The series will have Jon Heder, who recently dropped out of a Will Ferrel project for Comedy Central, reprise his role as the awkward teenage oddball Napoleon Dynamite, reports ABCNews.com.

Other original cast members are expected to return as well including Efren Ramirez as Pedro and Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite, Napoleon’s annoying, cage-fighting older brother.

Napoleon Dynamite followed the story of an unconventional teenager who attempts to get his new friend Pedro elected class president. The film grossed $44.5 million worldwide and has developed a cult following over the past six years.

Eexecutive producer Mike Scully, who has been involved with Fox’s long-standing animated program The Simpsons, will produce the series along with Napoleon writers Jared and Jerusha Hess who also wrote the upcoming animated version.

MTV, which produced the original movie, expects the series to air during Fox’s Sunday night block of animated series.

Fox has also ordered seven episodes of another animated series titled Allen Gregory , from Superbad’s Jonah Hill who will voice the main character. Allen is a story about a world-famous and incredibly intelligent 7-year-old who must adjust to life at a normal elementary school. The series was penned by Hill, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul of “Yes Man” and “Hot Tub Time Machine”.

Both series’ producers were reportedly somewhat unhappy with the small size of the orders, which may make staffing difficult and leaves large production gaps between initial and later orders, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Napoleon Dynamite would join Fox’s Animation Domination lineup of Sunday night animated series which currently includes The Simpsons and Family Guy. Despite heavy competition from NFL Football and Major League Baseball playoffs this season, Fox’s Sunday animations appear to be drawing in plenty of viewers, according to Radio & Television Business Reports.

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