Spade cuts TBS deal for toon of 2001 movie

“Joe Dirt” may ride again.

David Spade has cut a deal with TBS to develop an animated series based on the character from his 2001 feature, “The Adventures of Joe Dirt.”

Project is produced through Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison Prods. TBS has been hunting for original animated properties that it can pair with “Family Guy” reruns, which are a big draw for the comedy-oriented cabler.

“Joe Dirt” revolves around a loveable loser who sports a mullet and has a passion for muscle cars.

Script for the smallscreen “Joe Dirt” will be written by Spade, Fred Wolf and Donick Carey (“The Simpsons”). Spade and Wolf co-wrote the “Joe Dirt” feature for Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison. Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson will exec produce with Spade, Wolf and Carey.

TBS’ other toon development projects include “Neighbors from Hell,” from scribe Pam Brady, Fox and DreamWorks Animation, which revolves around an all-American suburban family from Hell. “Good and Evil,” from Lionsgate TV and “The Colbert Report” scribe Glen Eichler, follows the divergent paths of twin brothers — one of whom is trying to rehabilitate the other from his life as a petty criminal.

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