From small screen to small screen: Fox is developing an animated series based on the popular THQ videogame “Destroy All Humans!”
“King of the Hill” scribe Jim Dauterive is aboard to adapt the gamer and exec produce; 20th Century Fox TV, where Dauterive holds an overall deal, is also behind the project.
Should it go to series, “Destroy” would rep the first primetime broadcast series based on a videogame. Several games have been turned into Saturday morning cartoons through the years (“Super Mario Brothers,” “Pac-Man”), and USA aired an anime version of “Street Fighter.”
“Destroy All Humans!” takes an irreverent look at 1950s sci-fi culture, poking fun at the era’s Americana-flavored naivete, its UFO mythology and McCarthyism.
Like the videogame, the series would revolve around Krypto, an alien clone searching for DNA to bring back to his home world in order to stop that planet’s degeneration.
Since its release in June, “Destroy All Humans!” has shipped more than 1 million units worldwide.
Project was put together by UTA, which reps both Dauterive and THQ. Dauterive spent several years on “King of the Hill” (the sad-sack character Bill Dauterive even shared his last name), rising to co-exec producer. He also exec produced the “King” spinoff “Monsignor Martinez,” which didn’t make it to air.