Daria revival in early development via MTV Studios

DariaApparently, Aeon Flux is not the only nostalgic MTV property that could be revived in the future. The same goes for DariaThe animated series first ran in the late nineties and developed a cult following after that for its tone, its characters, and unique energy. It also tackled pop culture in a way few other shows did at the time.

Now, it’s possible that the series could be coming back in the form of Daria & Jodie, a tentatively-titled project in development over at MTV Studios. Per Deadline, Grace Edwards of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer is on board as the writer. Here’s the current logline for the series:

The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.

Is this an interesting revival to bring back? Certainly, and we can envision a situation in which Daria works as a television series in 2018. Yet, at the same time we’re not altogether sure that we foresee it really working on a network like MTV anymore. It feels better suited for a streaming service where it can be even more unfiltered, though this may be our own bias based on where most animated series catering to young audiences are centered these days. If MTV does decide to keep the show (for right now, the goal for MTV Studios seems to be bringing series to other buyers) it makes some sense for them to bring back some nostalgic viewers — they definitely do need some scripted properties again, given that Scream season 3 is the only thing that they have on their roster in the near future and they’ve spent forever trying to come up with a proper premiere date for that. (We’re just happy that they are working with Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis again. He’s working on Aeon Flux, but the difference there is that he is looking to make it live-action.)

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