Interplay has revealed that everyone’s favorite talking earthworm from the ’90s, Earthworm Jim, will be making a return in the form of a new animated TV show. The news was initially shared via Interplay’s official Twitter account, which includes an interview clip demonstrating what the visuals of the show might look like. Earthworm Jim’s last original tale was Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy, a Game Boy Color title that was released in 1999. He will also be back in a launch title for the Intellivision Amico.
From Variety’s exclusive report:
The project hails from Interplay Entertainment Corp., which owns the rights to the “Earthworm Jim” games. Interplay has partnered with APA to bring the project to television.
Like the games, the series would follow the adventures of the titular Jim, a worm in a futuristic robotic suit who fights evildoers. The series will also bring in new characters as they navigate the galaxy, where each planet is home to a race of anthropomorphic animals. Jim’s ultimate quest is to find his true home among the stars: a near-mythical planet called Earth.
“I remember loving ‘Earthworm Jim’ as a kid,” Interplay’s Michel K. Parandi told Variety. “And there’s so much potential in this story universe: a galaxy full of animals battling for power. Jim is an earthworm in a universe where Earth is nothing more than a myth. His struggle to find meaning is surreal and comical, but it’s also relatable.”
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to create a show for an iconic character that we grew up both playing on Genesis, and watching on TV,” Billet added. “The fans have matured and deserve a current take as we bring in new audiences.”