Rap icon/media mogul Ice Cube is set to executive produce MTV’s reboot of their old hit claymation series “Celebrity Deathmatch”.
According to Deadline, the newly formed MTV Studios is the recreating the cult classic MTV series that originally ran from 1998 – 2002. The claymation stop-motion satire became a fan favorite in the late 90s and early 2000s as it placed celebrities and politicians against each other in a brutal fight that was refereed by 90s TV figure Judge Mills Lane.
Rapper Ice Cube is set to star and will executive produce alongside his partner Jeff Kwatinetz through his Cube Vision production company, Deadline reports. The series creator, Eric Fogel, is expected to return as executive produce with additional showrunners and talent to be named shortly.
“Happy to once again be working with Viacom and MTV on a fan favorite like Celebrity Deathmatch and to continue our success together,” said Ice Cube upon announcing the show.
“We’re excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite,” said MTV, VH1, and CMT president Chris McCarthy. “Deathmatch was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs–in the wrestling ring.”
The all-new “Celebrity Deathmatch” will reportedly be shopped around as a weekly series to premium and streaming networks in 2019. It is said to be part of MTV’s plan for reinvention across consumer products including, gaming, theatrical and more.
The announcement comes after MTV Studios announced a reboot of “Daria” among other shows earlier this year.
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