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Spaceballs gets animated

12/02/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BFC Berliner Films has partnered with Brooksfilms and MGM Domestic Television Distribution to create an animated television series based on the Mel Brooks science fiction comedy Spaceballs.

"We are thrilled to be working with a comic genius like Mel Brooks on what we're sure will be the highly successful translation of his classic film comedy to the medium of animation for TV," Rainer Soehnlein, CEO of the BFC Berliner Film Group, told the 'Nest. "We look forward to our collaboration with him and with MGM, and to bringing Spaceballs to a new audience."

Under the agreement, BFC and MGM will produce an hour-long pilot and 13 half-hour episodes. Additionally, MGM will distribute the program in the U.S., Canada, and internationally with the exception of Germany.

Brooks and Thomas Meehan, who together co-wrote the original screenplay, will write the pilot and supervise writing on the rest of the series. Brooks and Soehnlein will serve as executive producers and Brooks will provide the voice of two main characters, President Scroob and Yogurt.

"Primetime animation has become a powerful staple and with the unmatched comedic talents of Mel Brooks and BFC's expertise, you've got quite a winning combination," said Jim Packer, MGM's executive vice president of television distribution told SFcrowsnest. "To this day, 'Spaceballs' is incredibly successful on television and in video, and with the abundance of Sci-fi films that have come out in the past decade, there's no shortage of material for Mel."

Spaceballs was released theatrically in 1987. The film's storyline was all about Planet Spaceball's President Scroob, who sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish that of his own planet. Only the hero, Lone Star, can stop the evil plan.

The team also hinted that tv series like StarGate would be prime targets for a little light extraction of the Michael.

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