Ice Cube To Star & Produce MTV Studios’ Reboot Of Celebrity DeathmatchPosted by Wilson Morales
December 5, 2018
Variety has confirmed that MTV Studios is reviving its stop-motion animation series Celebrity Deathmatch with Ice Cube on board to star in and executive produce.
Created by Eric Fogel, Celebrity Deathmatch originally aired on MTV, running for six seasons (totaling 93 episodes) from 1998 to 2002 and with a revival running from 2006 to 2007 on MTV2.
The bloody animation featured stop-motion parodies of various celebrities as they engaged in brutal, no-holds-barred wrestling matches where the first to die was the loser. The original series starred the voices of Mills Lane, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Debbie Matenopoulous, and later Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest facing off in a boxing ring. The series became a pop culture phenomenon, complete with a video game. MTV2 attempted to revive the series a third time and filmed a pilot in 2015, but the new take was passed over a year later.
A network is not yet attached; MTV Studios will shop the revival to streaming, cable and broadcast networks.
Fogel will executive produce alongside Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz of Cube Vision, and co-executive producer Ben Hurwitz. The series will feature weekly installments for an SVOD or network partner in 2019.
“Happy to once again be working with Viacom and MTV on a fan favorite like Celebrity Deathmatch and to continue our success together,” said Ice Cube.
“We’re excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite,” added Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1, and CMT. “Deathmatch was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs – in the wrestling ring.”