MTV has announced MTV Studios, which will utilize the network's library of over 200 programs to launch new reboots that will not air on MTV, but rather be sold to, "partners across SVOD and Linear" platforms, which includes Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services. The announcement also confirms previously-reported reboots of The Real World, Daria and Aeon Flux, along with the makeover series Made and two original programs, The Valley and MTV's Straight Up Ghosted. Here's what MTV president Chris McCarthy had to say in a statement.
"MTV has the biggest collection of hit youth franchises that spans more than three decades of content and over 200 titles, part of which have fueled our resurgence, With MTV Studios, we are for the first time ever opening up this vault beyond our own platforms to reimagine the franchises with new partners."
The new Daria series currently has a working title of Daria and Jodie, following both Daria Morgendorffer and her best friend, Jodie Landon. The show will follow these, "smart young women" who will offer their insight into the world, "with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race." The show is being written by Grace Edwards, who has written for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and MTV's Loosely Exactly Nicole.
We had previously reported that the live-action remake of Aeon Flux is being written by MTV's Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, who will also executive produce alongside Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead). The show will follow the title character, a " badass heroine assassin," who joins, "a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity." The announcement didn't reveal production schedules for any of these shows on its programming slate quite yet.
The Real World ran for 32 seasons from 1992 until 2016, but this new program is described as a, "reconnection to innocence," and a "return to its roots." The show is also said to, "strip away the polarization and cold anonymity of social media, the din of the 24-hour news cycle, and the facades of the instafamous culture," following seven strangers who, "stop being polite and start being real." Each of the previous seasons took place in a different city, although there is no word yet on where this new season will take place.
MTV's Made ran from 2003 to 2013, which followed teenagers who were paired with life coaches to help make their dreams come true. This new series will seemingly follow the same format, which will bring together, "talented young underdogs with experts for face to face coaching for total life, real life reinventions." The new series The Valley is said to be in the same "spirit" as MTV's The Hills and The City, set in Nogales, Arizona, a city that is on the Mexican border and shares a valley with both countries, following friends who grew up on both sides of the border. MTV's Straight Up Ghosted, "explores real stories of real people who vanished by blocking them, and unlocks the reality and uncomfortable truth to satisfy the ultimate question--why did you leave me?" MTV also released a new video with the opening sequence for MTV Studios, which you can check out below.