Continuing in its different seasonal themes over the past couple of years, FXX has revealed that animated spy comedy Archer will be titled Archer: Danger Island for its ninth season in 2018.
To shake up the status quo of the hilarious James Bond-esque spy show, Archer creator Adam Reed and his team decided in season 5 to start toying with the different directions that the series could go in beyond the basic premise. In that season, Reed disbanded ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service - the show started before ISIS was a major global threat), sending Sterling Archer and the rest of the characters towards a life of drug-fueled crime in Archer: Vice. Season 6 reset things to the spy angle, but season 7 was fueled by a long homage to Magnum: P.I. as the characters operated as private investigators in Hollywood. This past season, the cast got to reenact their version of a film noir with Archer: Dreamland.
Archer has been renewed by FXX for two more eight-episode seasons, with Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson planning to end the series in season 10. At their panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, the network revealed that the title of season 9 will be Archer: Danger Island. The season will take place even farther back in time than Dreamland; set in 1939, it will deal with Archer marooned on a remote beach somewhere in the South Pacific, following the crazy adventures that come with that predicament.
From the very little that's known about the season, there appears to be a bit of influence from Gilligan's Island and The Most Dangerous Game among other things. We know that H. Jon Benjamin's Archer is a sea plane pilot sporting an eyepatch dealing with "quicksand, cannibals and intelligent monkeys," according to Thompson. Amber Nash's Pam is Pam Poovy, Archer's tough co-pilot, and Lucky Yates' Kreiger is a parrot named Crackers. Jessica Walters' Mallory is a bar owner and once again Archer's mother, with Archer's usual romantic interest and mother to his son Lana acting as a princess on the island.
Beyond this announcement, Archer also made an appearance in a big way on Thursday, appearing alongside Kingsman agent Eggsy in a promotional crossover video for this fall's sequel Kingsman: the Golden Circle. That video appears to be the last time in a while we'll see Archer doing spy-like things, as this is yet another new direction for the series that continues to bring the laughs even through eight seasons.
We'll see if Archer: Danger Island can keep up with what's come before when it premieres sometime in early 2018.