The animation studio Film Roman announced today it has acquired an option to adapt “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow,” the long-running, award-winning comic strip written and inked by Dan Perkins, as an episodic animated series.
The comic strip has been carried by publications across the country for more than 25 years, appearing in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, Esquire, and more.
“We are exceptionally pleased and excited to be working with Dan to adapt his fiercely insightful and hilarious strip for television or digital,” says Steve Waterman, CEO of Film Roman. “With its large and enthusiastic following, it’s a show that could work in a broadcast, cable or streaming environment, and we’re going to explore all of those options.”
The series will be executive produced by animator Phil Roman, founder of Film Roman, and Vice-President of Hanna-Barbera Jeff Segal. Regarding “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow,” Segal says that the series will target “essentially the same demographic as ‘The Simpsons'” and will “tackle hot button social and political issues, with Dan’s trademark brand of rapier wit and edgy satire.”
Film Roman is best known for producing the animation for such successful prime-time series as “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” “The Critic,” and “Family Guy.” They’re also known for producing multiple “Garfield” TV specials and the 1992 “Tom and Jerry” theatrical feature.
IDW Publishing will release two new “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow” compilations this month: Trade paperbacks featuring “Tom Tomorrow” strips from the last three years, as well as a massive two-volume “This Modern World” hardcover career retrospective covering the last quarter century. Watch the trailer for the collection “Crazy Is The New Normal” below.