(From Gamasutra - http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_i ... tory=18353
Following recent news that it would be bringing Earthworm Jim to Virtual Console, Interplay has announced it is partnering with franchise creator Doug TenNapel to revive the brand with a new game, cartoon and film.
No details of the new game, currently titled Earthworm Jim 4 were given, but Interplay says TenNapel -- who was also behind critical hits like The Neverhood -- will serve as a creative consultant for the game.
The company also says TenNapel will be developing a new animated series, following an earlier series that ran on The Kids WB! for two seasons, as well as a feature film.
As earlier reported, CEO Herve Caen has said Interplay is undergoing a campaign to utilize its "unique intellectual property, and low debt and operational costs" through initiatives like the Virtual Console releases to "pursue financing for our various projects," which, along with this new Earthworm Jim title, include its planned Fallout-based MMO.
I've discussed this with people so many times, how successful it would be if they tried again. And now they will. Re-launching the old games, making a new game as well as a new series and a feature film. You can probably add a DVD release of the original show plus action figures to that.
Funny thing is, I was emailing the creator of the show and the games, Doug TenNapel, about this last year when I was about to start my scriptwriting assignment. For those of you who don't know, I decided to write an Earthworm Jim animated feature script, and I emailed TenNapel to ask if he had any old scripts I could look at. He didn't and added that if he ever wanted to do a film he'd write the script himself. He said it was fine for a uni assignment but that I should generally try to create new stuff, it was easier that way. Which of course is true.
But now they've announced the film + series and I can't help but think that maybe I gave him that last push to decide to go for it. I did ramble on about how the time was right and that it was a goldmine.
Anyway, I'm excited that there will be more of Earthworm Jim soon!