Action Figure Insider » MCFARLANE FILMS, wiip, ROOSTER TEETH STUDIOS AND WRITER DAN DOMINGUEZ TEAM UP TO DEVELOP RAW10 ADULT ANIMATED SERIES
MCFARLANE FILMS, wiip, ROOSTER TEETH STUDIOS AND WRITER DAN DOMINGUEZ TEAM UP TO DEVELOP RAW10 ADULT ANIMATED SERIES
June 13, 2022 – Los Angeles, California – Today, McFarlane Films has announced a partnership with independent studio wiip and Warner Bros. Rooster Teeth Studios. Discovery to develop an adult animated television series based on the popular McFarlane Toys RAW10 toy line – a series of cybernetically enhanced animal figures created by McFarlane Toys and recently sold exclusively at Walmart. The team will present the project to buyers early next month.
From creator Dan Dominguez – known for Netflix SEIS MANOS and HBO Max generation: LOCK – the RAW10 The adaptation will be an R-Rated Saturday morning cartoon for adults that satirically explores the tropes of ’80s animation through the lens of McFarlane’s toyline.
Comic book legend Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn universe, won two Emmys for its groundbreaking animated series of the same name, which aired on HBO from 1997 to 1999. RAW10 represents McFarlane’s first foray into the medium – 23 years later – in collaboration with wiip and Rooster Teeth Studios. His toy company, McFarlane Toys, is a top 5 global leader in its field, redefining the standards in the action figure market and a licensee of world-class brands and leading global franchises. When McFarlane first announced RAW10 was launching in 2020, pre-orders sold out within hours. The line has garnered widespread praise and excitement, not only from the media, but also from adult collectors and pop culture enthusiasts who grew up during the revival of modern action figures of the 80s and 90s.
“I still think about having fun in the older animation space,” Todd McFarlane said. “With the quirky mind of writer Dan Dominguez and the experience of Rooster Teeth, we all hope the combined total will be a wild and entertaining ride for everyone. Animation allows our minds to have an unlimited budget to create anything.
Writer and executive producer Dan Dominguez has worked in animation with such luminaries as John Carpenter, Clive Barker, Malcolm Spellman and Jeff Howard. He created and produced the animated series alongside Todd McFarlane, Sean Canino of McFarlane Films, Paul Lee of wiip, Mark Roybal and Nate Winslow and Dan Shorr of Rooster Teeth Studios.
“As a kid, I loved Saturday morning cartoons, and as I got older, my love of animation only grew stronger through anime,” Dominguez said. “So many great R-rated toons from Japan showed me that genre animation could be made for adults. That they could be darkly hilarious, thematically rich, cerebral, violent and seductive. So when I had the chance to create the world’s first Saturday morning adult cartoon, and to do it with Todd McFarlane – a personal hero who opened my eyes to how adult comics could be… needless to say this project has been a dream come true. So get ready for some deeply unsettling adult-style laughs! Thrills! Chills! Blood! Sex! Adult themes! And…emotions! Yes, I’m actually planning on having a gorilla 30 foot high cybernetic that will make you cry.
RAW10 Toyline fan favorites will make their series debut including FREN-Z – a robotic mix of a great white shark and a prehistoric megalodon, BATTLESNAKE – a super awesome reptilian monster, and CY-GOR – half guerrilla , half-cyborg. Although CY-GOR was originally introduced into the Spawn universe, and its Spawn backstory can come into play, the RAW10 anime series will remain separate from Spawn franchise.
Indie studio wiip, known for HBO’s Emmy-winning series Easttown Mare and Apple TV+ Peabody Award Winner Dickinsonhas been eager to enter the animated space and prioritized the development of the medium.
“With Todd’s highly anticipated return to television animation, Dan’s meteoric streak of genre-defying shows, and Rooster Teeth’s flawless track record, wiip couldn’t be in better company to launch our first animated show,” said Mark Roybal, wiip. “We’re always going to go for the most original, daring and creative filmmakers – and that’s what we have with Todd, Dan and Dan. This show will certainly wake up the whole house on Saturday morning.
Rooster Teeth Studios production credits include Michael B. Jordan generation: LOCK on HBO Max and Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy on Netflix. Rooster Teeth also produces the award-winning satire Halo Red vs Bluewhich is the longest running web series in history, and the global phenomenon RWBY. Rooster Teeth Studios is represented by CAA.
“I had a Spawn movie poster at my Bar Mitzvah, which is a choice that seems officially justified,” said Dan Shorr, script manager at Rooster Teeth Studios. “We absolutely loved working with our partners at McFarlane Films and wiip and regaining our brilliant generation: LOCK Executive Producer Dan Dominguez for helping put together this unique love letter to genre storytelling.
wiip is an independent studio led by veteran entertainment executive Paul Lee, and is distinguished by its commitment to letting talent do what they do best: create. wiip’s lineup of premium programming includes the Emmy® Award-winning limited series, “Mare of Easttown,” starring Kate Winslet for HBO; “Dickinson,” the critically acclaimed Peabody Award-winning series starring Hailee Steinfeld for Apple TV+, Danny Boyle’s “Pistol” for FX exclusively on Hulu; “The Summer I Became Pretty” by Jenny Han for Amazon Prime Video; “White House Plumbers,” with Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux for HBO; “The Uninhabitable Earth” by Adam McKay for HBO Max; and “Dummy” with Anna Kendrick for the Roku Channel. The studio also produced “Toast of Tinseltown” by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry in conjunction with the BBC.
About McFarlane Toys
McFarlane Toys received top honors from the NPD Group’s 2021 Toy Industry Performance Awards in the 2021 Super Category of Top-Selling Figures and Accessories in the United States and Canada. Under McFarlane’s creative direction, McFarlane Toys action figures and toys consistently make “Best Seller” and “Top Toy” lists at national mass retailers. McFarlane Toys is one of America’s top action figure manufacturers, raising the bar and redefining action figure art. An industry leader, McFarlane Toys is one of the world’s most respected toy manufacturers and a licensee of world-class brands and leading global franchises.
About rooster teeth
Rooster Teeth is a community-created, fan-driven entertainment company. From humble beginnings in a spare bedroom, Rooster Teeth created the web series Red vs. Blue, an innovative form of entertainment for an evolving media landscape that sparked the growth of a passionate global fandom. From this foundation, Rooster Teeth pioneered a direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand for its growing online following with subscriptions, advertising, e-commerce and live events. Rooster Teeth produces several original content series, including RWBY, today’s most popular Western-style animated series, The Rooster Teeth Podcast, and a daily video series featuring an in-house cast of influential talent. With broadcast and live-action production capabilities and a world-class animation studio, Rooster Teeth engages cutting-edge networks, streaming entertainment services and creative talent to develop projects that reach global audiences. through its Studios division. Rooster Teeth cultivates the gaming lifestyle he helped define with partnerships through his first industry-leading video podcast network, The Roost. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of over 45 million subscribers to its YouTube network, 1.2 million unique monthly visitors to its apps, and over 4 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003 and is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery. Find out more about RoosterTeeth.com.
About Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Films
McFarlane Films is an entertainment and development company in the ever-expanding arenas of live-action and animated film. McFarlane Films develops its original content with wiip, the independent studio behind HBO’s Emmy-winning series “Mare of Easttown”, and sources and develops new emerging talent, creator and brand-owned properties, independent stories and characters.
McFarlane Films’ initial television development slate includes projects from established creators such as Thomas Lennon, co-creator of RENO 911! and author of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM; Anders Weidemann, who adapted BEARTOWN from HBO and created INTERROGATION from Paramount+; prolific graphic novel author, Sean Lewis; and ShadowMachine, which produced BOJACK HORSEMAN and Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming PINOCCHIO and SAM & TWITCH in a live television series. Based on McFarlane’s iconic Spawn comic book characters, the premium drama series follows detectives Sam Burke and Max “Twitch” Williams as they battle the evils of the near future in New York City. SAM & TWITCH is adapted by executive producers Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg for McFarlane Films and wiip.
Todd McFarlane has won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, two Grammy Award nominations, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Canadian MuchMusic Award and over 150 international awards in action figures, comics and publishing.
At Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly superhero comics, with hundreds of millions of copies sold worldwide in over 120 countries. In 2021, McFarlane’s comics were the top-selling titles, surpassing all Marvel and DC titles. The comic became an Emmy-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film that grossed $100 million.
McFarlane became a true comic book superstar for his record-breaking work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise, where he co-created Marvel’s baddest character, Venom.