Huey and Riley are returning to bring some truth back to the game! According to Deadline, The Boondocks will be back in 2020.
Originally airing on Adult Swim, the “reimagined” series will make its return on the upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, in the fall of 2020. Twenty-four new episodes have been ordered to stretch over two seasons, beginning with a 50-minute special. The first 55 original episodes that aired on Adult Swim will also be available to view on the new streaming platform.
Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder is also back at the helm for the cartoon series. The television series was adapted from McGruder’s popular comic strip and was known for tackling current events and controversial topics. The show debuted on November 6, 2005, and ran for four seasons until 2014. McGruder was not involved in the show during the final season and it was reportedly canceled due to low ratings. The cartoon won Peabody Awards in 2006 and 2007.
Academy Award-winning actress Regina King, voiced the characters of Huey and Riley, while comedy ace John Witherspoon (Friday, Boomerang) handled the vocal duties of Robert Jebediah “Grandad” Freeman. Witherspoon is expected to return to play his original role, although it has not been confirmed whether King is on board. The premise of the upcoming revival will circle around Uncle Ruckus’ rise to power in his local community government in Maryland while the Freeman family fights against his neo-fascist regime.
“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now–both politically and culturally–more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”
Back in 2013, McGruder launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $200,000 in an attempt to produce a live-action movie focusing on Uncle Ruckus. The campaign ran from January 30 through March 1, 2013, earning just $129,963 of his $200,000 goal. As a result, he scrapped the project.