Live-action bow for 'Beavis' creator
After examining pubescent reprobates and offbeat suburban Texas life, Mike Judge, the creator and voice behind the animated TV hits “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill,” is set to take his signature humor into the live-action feature arena, directing “Office Space” for 20th Century Fox.Based on Judge’s original script, the contemporary workplace comedy is being put together at Tom Rothman’s Fox film division for an April start in Judge’s hometown, Austin, Texas. Pic will be produced by 3 Arts Entertainment, the management/production company that also represents Judge. The film is a live-action expansion of Judge’s earlier animation piece (titled “Milton”), which aired as a short film on Comedy Central in 1992 and later as a recurring sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” In “Office Space,” Judge takes a look at the contemporary workplace through the perspective of an abused Everyman and his co-workers, who are being trampled by the American rat race. A cast has not been set, although Fox is in talks with several actors to star in the nearly $10 million film. In 1994, Fox signed Judge to an exclusive seven-figure deal to write, produce and direct live-action and animated films and TV shows. Judge’s subsequent Fox primetime animated hit “King of the Hill” gave him the mainstream clout to go along with the counterculture stature he gained from “Beavis and Butt-head.” Fox didn’t have any involvement in Judge’s MTV creation, which last year ended its hugely successful five-year run on the cable channel. The show spawned myriad merchandising spinoffs and the hit film “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film ever with $63.1 million. Judge wrote the film and reportedly will script its sequel as well.