Blur Star's Cartoon To Hit Us Screens
BLUR drummer DAVID ROWNTREE's cartoon creation EMPIRE SQUARE has been snapped up by US cable TV network Fuse.
The dark animation series was originally screened in three-minute episodes in Britain, but Rowntree and co-creators ANT CAUCHI and LLOYD SALMONS will now produce 30-minute shows tailored to an American audience.
Rowntree says, "We wouldn't have been happy in kids' TV - you can't be nearly disgusting enough. We've got kind of an evil sense of humour, really. I think the main amount of tinkering we need to do is to ramp up from a three-minute show.
"Obviously we can't make jokes about specifically English things that Americans won't understand. But there's a kind of satire to what we do, so we have to be reasonably topical."
Empire Square focuses on characters RABBIT, HOOKS and RICHIE as they try to become pop superstars.