Josh Jones licenses animated film and TV rights to famed cartoonist’s award-winning comic, now in its 40th year of publication; property follows the exploits of an invincible barbarian warrior who negotiates his days with an I.Q. three points lower than a boulder.
Award-winning cartoonist Sergio Aragonés’ has sold the animation film and television rights of his comics character “Groo the Wanderer” to Josh Jones, who plans to produce animated entertainment based on the IP via his Did I Err Productions company. The production company will partner with creative talent on projects packaged for streaming services and global distribution.
Now in its 40th year of publication, “Groo the Wanderer,” is a long running independent and “creator-owned” comic book property. The brainchild of Aragonés, who creates the stories along with wordsmith Mark Evanier, the Eisner Award-winning comic has been published by Dark Horse Comics since 1998. Evanier has written comic books for the characters of The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Studios and Hanna-Barbera. His credits include animated series such as the Scooby-Doo franchise; Superman: The Animated Series, Thundarr the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons, Garfield and Friends, and The Garfield Show.
Jones, and his Did I Err partner Scott Nocas, will serve as executive producers on the film and/or series with Aragonés and Evanier.
“After drawing and living with Groo for so many years, so many comics, so many pages, you can imagine I have drawn Groo in every position imaginable,” explained Aragonés. “Mark and I wondered so many times how he -- Groo, not Mark -- would look animated. We studied what we have seen on the screen by different animators and laughed plenty. Now, I know that we are going in the right direction, and I can assure the fans that they will love Groo the way Mark and I do.”
“I’ve loved ‘Groo the Wanderer’ since I was eight years old, and to have the honor of bringing the character to on-screen life is, quite literally, a lifelong dream come true,” shared Jones. “Sergio’s style, the characters, the world, and especially the humor have always appealed to me. I just want to help bring what I’ve loved for so long to the next generation!”
“Groo the Wanderer” follows the exploits of a barbarian warrior who is invincible in battle but negotiates his days with an I.Q. three points lower than a boulder. With his trusty canine sidekick Rufferto, he wanders an ancient land of mystery, magic, and mayhem, looking only for a warm place to sleep, a few coins, or a taste of cheese dip.
For additional information visit groo.com.
Source: Did I Err Productions