MTV Studios ordered a reboot of cult favorite animated comedy Clone High, it was announced yesterday.
“We’re thrilled to reunite with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence to re-imagine this cult classic as we rapidly grow our portfolio of beloved and iconic adult animation series,” said Chris McCarthy, President, ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Group.
The original series, functioning as a parody of teen dramas filled with clones of historical figures ranging from Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) to Joan of Arc (Nicole Sullivan), Mahatma Gandhi (Michael McDonald), and Cleopatra (Christa Miller), premiered in January 2003 on MTV. However, due to international controversy surrounding the writing of the Gandhi character, Clone High wound up airing only 8 of its episodes in the United States, as the network pulled the show in order to keep their broadcasting license in India.
The series wound up finding its cult audience after it was cancelled by MTV. Its initial run received mixed reviews from TV critics, but reassessments of the show’s merits have been much more positive in recent years.
There’s no word as to whether the same voice cast will return for this next iteration of Clone High, which will be helmed by original series writer Erica Rivinoja, or whether any of the original story will play into the reboot. There’s also no official word as to what ViacomCBS outlet Clone High will appear on, but it seems likely that Comedy Central will wind up with the series. The network is said to be focusing on bolstering its animated slate and rebranding around South Park, with Daria spinoff Jodie and a Beavis and Butt-Head revival already ordered to series.
You can check out a trailer for the original series below.