Tommy Blacha to adapt game for toon label Icehouse.
The gun-toting Nazi-trained dinosaurs of World War II are getting animated.
Toon label Icehouse has inked a deal with gamemaker 800 North and “Metalocalypse”-creator Tommy Blacha to adapt the indie videogame “Dino D-Day” into an animated series.
A new version of the game will also be simultaneously developed as the series is produced, with assets shared between both projects. Series does not yet have distribution.
Game and animated show follow a team of Allied soldiers as they battle blood thirsty Nazi-trained dinosaurs.
Icehouse’s Gregory Little, 800 North’s Abe Scheuermann and Brian Ulrich will serve as executive producers on the project along with Blacha, whose writing credits include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Da Ali G Show.”
Production on the next version of the game is already underway, with series production expected to start before the end of the year.
Scheuermann and Ulrich created and produced “Dino D-Day’ independently using Valve’s Source game engine and released it successfully in 2011 on Steam, Valve’s game distribution platform.
“We’re looking forward to bringing the comedy and action from the game into a narrative format, and we love Tommy’s ideas for that,” Scheuermann said. “We have always seen the Dino D-Day world as a funny alternate universe with the perfect match up: the Greatest Generation vs giant, prehistoric predators.”
Icehouse is owned by Dublin-based animation studio Brown Bag Films.