New comedy from Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen will follow a naïve ship captain unknowingly involved in smuggling.
Netflix has just announced a greenlight for Captain Fall, a new animated comedy series from Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen, creators of the streaming giant’s hilarious live-action absurdist comedy, Norsemen, which just released its third season earlier this month. Netflix has ordered 20 episodes, to be released in two parts.
Captain Fall will follow Jonathan Fall, a naive warm-hearted ship captain who finds himself unknowingly the captain of a smuggling ship. Helgaker and Torgersen will serve as creators, showrunners, and executive producers on the series. Joel Trussell (Electric City, Pickle and Peanut) will serve as executive producer.
According to the creators, “We are thrilled to set out on this new adventure with Netflix. We first pitched Captain Fall as a live-action show, but Netflix saw the potential of it being animated. Although a bit scary in the beginning, moving from live-action to animation just feels amazingly limitless and creative on a whole new level. And luckily Netflix has surrounded us with a groups of extremely talented people, so everything is set up for us not screwing this one up. But you never know.”
Mike Moon, head of adult comedy at Netflix, noted, “Jon Iver and Jonas created a hilarious story in Norsemen that connected with audiences all around the world. We can’t wait for fans to see their absurd fantastical genius come to life in their first animated series.”
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.