King of the Hill Revival Not Moving Forward at Fox
The upcoming King of the Hill that would have seen the iconic series return after 25 years is no longer moving forward at Fox. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the network had opted to not move forward with the series revival, noting that the decision as primarily due to the network’s future business strategy for their animation department.
Original series creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge had previously shown optimism for the series with many fans anticipating the return of Hank Hill along with friends and family but as THR confirmed with Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, the revival is “not going to be with Fox,”
Thorn went on to say:
“We love that team, and we love that show. It’s obviously part of our animation legacy. However, he added that Fox was instead focused on developing “the next wave of our signature animated series, while still having our great legacy shows.
We’re really focused on what are the new shows that we believe can creatively break out, that we also have a significant ownership stake in, and if not outright own 100 percent of it. And on a show like King of the Hill, which we love, there’s really no opportunity for us to have an ownership stake in that show. It’s not a move that we can make as we grow out our next wave of animation, where ownership is so, so crucial to the long-running success of these series.”
Daniels and Judge have also reunited to launch their own animation company called Bandera Entertainment which has multiple projects in the works at different levels of development including Bad Crimes which is set to arrive on Netflix. Whether King of the Hill finds a home there or another network, remains to be seen.
King of the Hill graced the small screen for thirteen seasons from 1997 to 2009 and followed the day-to-day life and everyday struggles of family man Hank Hill who lives in Arlen, Texas.