Clone High is getting a two-season reboot at HBO Max. As part of an overall plan at the WarnerMedia-backed streamer to develop more animated content, three new animated series have just gotten official orders, joining several others that are already in the works. This includes a revival of the short-lived animated series Clone High, and the brass at Warner Bros. TV are so confident in the reboot's success that they've already ordered two seasons.
The new Clone High will reunite original series creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence with former writer Erica Rivinoja (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm). Rivinoja will also serve as the series showrunner for both seasons. MTV Studios will produce, making Clone High the latest classic MTV cartoon to be revived with a new home elsewhere. Reboots of Beavis and Butt-head and Daria are also in development at Comedy Central.
A unique cartoon series, the original Clone High is set in a high school for clones of famous historical figures. Its main cast of characters includes Abe Lincoln (Will Forte), Joan of Arc (Nicole Sullivan), Gandhi (Michael McDonald), Cleopatra (Christa Miller), and JFK (Chris Miller). Any famous face from history is eligible to show up as clones on the series at any time, as the cartoon also featured names like Genghis Khan, George Washington Carver, Vincent van Gogh, Harriet Tubman, Julius Caesar, and Buddy Holly.
Clone High only consisted of 13 episodes across a single season, which aired between 2002 and 2003. Due to low ratings and controversy in India over its depiction of Gandhi, MTV pulled the series from the air. In the years since, it has developed a cult following with critics praising the series as something that was just ahead of its time. Producers Lord and Miller have even snuck in a reference to the series in the hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with Clone High's Abe Lincoln and JFK appearing on a billboard in the background.
Along with Clone High, HBO Max also announced straight-to-series orders for two other animated shows. Mindy Kaling will executive produce the Scooby-Doo prequel series Velma, described as an origin story of the bespectacled mystery solver with Kaling also voicing the role. Meanwhile, Pete Davidson will take the lead in the streamer's animated series Fired on Mars, a workplace comedy series set in a Martian office.
These shows are just part of a big push from WarnerMedia to produce a plethora of animated content exclusively for their streaming service. HBO Max has also ordered two more seasons of the animated comedy series Clone Enough. A third season of the hit series Harley Quinn with Kaley Cuoco as the DC character is already in development as well. An animated adaptation of Gremlins is currently in development for the streamer as is a revival of the cult favorite animated series The Boondocks. HBO Max is even eyeing an animated spinoff of Game of Thrones.
With at least two seasons guaranteed, the new version of Clone High will have a much better chance to succeed than its predecessor. There's no word yet on if any of the original cast members will be returning to reprise their roles, or which characters will be featured in the reboot. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.