FOX Adapts ‘Axe Cop’ For Animation Block

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Axe Cop FOX FOX Adapts Axe Cop For Animation Block

In what is sure to create a bidding war for the next big thing written by a 5-year-old, FOX has announced plans to use the popular web comic Axe Cop as a means of introducing its new late-night animation block intended to compete with Cartoon Network‘s popular, but increasingly non-animated, Adult Swim.

The series tells the tale of a cop who wields a firefighter’s axe as a weapon and frequently issues threats to chop heads off with it. Thankfully, the series throws in a flute as the cop’s partner, a mini-gun-toting Tyrannosaurus Rex and a magical baby with a unicorn horn – just to make sure Axe Cop is about more than head chopping. If this premise sounds either wildly similar to something David Lynch would conjure while on a bender – or delightfully childish, the latter would actually be an accurate assessment.

Malachai Nicolle, who created the series with his 29-year-old brother Ethan in 2010 (when Malachai was just five), writes/outlines/acts out Axe Cop while Ethan serves as the series’ primary artist.

The series has proven popular enough to merit celebrity attention, it became Entertainment Weekly‘s site of the day, and was put in print by Dark Horse comics. So, naturally, Axe Cop would be the first choice to lead FOX’s intended late night animated programming. The production is under the guidance of Animation Domination HD (yup, that makes it ADHD), which is coincidentally headed by former Adult Swim guy, Nick Weidenfeld.

Axe Cop ADHD FOX FOX Adapts Axe Cop For Animation Block

Weidenfeld has apparently been trying to work out a deal for Axe Cop since his days at Adult Swim, but for whatever reason, he couldn’t acquire the property until now. His next step will be to find a showrunner for the series who “has a good idea of how to adapt it, without ruining what’s great.” Given that Axe Cop‘s absurdist humor has a lot in common with Adult Swim favorites Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies, Weidenfeld’s search shouldn’t prove too difficult.

The network has already ordered six episodes of Axe Cop, which will air as 15-minute segments during the aforementioned Saturday night programming. The animated block will eventually grow to include several series, along with some animated shorts that will likely air in between episodes or during commercial breaks. The idea is, of course, modeled largely after Adult Swim – but also on the recently-launched and decidedly more kid-friendly DC Nation – which also airs on Cartoon Network. According to FOX, the idea is to eventually have enough content to comprise a 90-minute chunk of television that will go up against Saturday Night Live sometime next year.  

With The Simpsons believed to be coming to an end, and the network’s other animated offerings run by Seth MacFarlane, Axe Cop could usher in a new era of animated greatness for FOX.


Screen Rant will keep you updated with Axe Cop and other late-night animated offerings from FOX.

Source: Vulture

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  1. Since Nick Weidenfeld was no where NEAR Adult Swim at the time that Aqua Teen and Squidbillies were created and first produced, and since he had NOTHING to do with the running of those shows after he started working at the network, I don’t seen any correlation between the comic sensibilities of those shows and Nick’s ability to find a show runner for “Axe Cop”

  2. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this because I have not watched Fox on Sundays since King Of the Hill met it’s demise.

  3. Que bueno, I forgot about this awesome web-comic, looks like I’ve got some catching up to do.

  4. yes…Yes…YES!

    However…this show has little to do with the cynicism that marks “ATHF” or “Squidbillies” and is pure unadulterated fun (at least in print, we will see if it translates to animation).

  5. Meh. I haven’t liked a majority of the “Adult Swim” lineup(especially considering that the “adult” simply stands for the language/situations, the rest of it is extremely juvenile and simply not funny) since they seem to have cancelled the Venture Brothers.

    • Go Team Venture! Last I heard they were signed for two more seasons. I’m hoping that’s true because The Venture Bros. and Metalocalypse are about the only shows left on Adult Swim that I like these days.

  6. Axe Cop comes to chop the heads off of all the bad guys that have been tarnishing the greatness that used to be Adult Swim, meanwhile he will also be contrasting against the utter mediocrity of the modern day Simpsons and Family Guy… it is a secret attack.

    …as long as they use a Freakazoid! style format for Axe Cop, they may actually pull it off.. probably not, but maybe. I’m sure it’s not the first time Fox has had five year olds writing their material.

  7. I would rather see an adaptation of Scott Kurtz’s PVP Online.

  8. I like Axe Cop but now I want to hate them since I’m assuming this is the reason there’s no money to pay for a decent sized Fringe Season 5.

  9. olk ax cop sucks ass and the whole highschool usa is fing disturbing please tell me how thf this got on tv I could write so much better who comes up with this crap have fox contact me and ill write a show for them for a lot cheaper please remove this dumb crap from my tv ps do I need to be on crack to watch this crap id rather watch the clevland show this is the worse s*** on tv