HBO Max has been announced as the new home for the rebooted incarnation of the classic show. The streaming service has ordered two seasons from the new Boondocks, and has original creator Aaron McGruder back on board as showrunner. The 24 new episodes, as well as all 55 episodes of the original series, will launch on the forthcoming streaming service in Fall 2020.
“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial of Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story of Gangstalicious’,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer for HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT and truTV. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style of storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”
The service has also revealed new details about the latest adventures of the Freeman family: Self-proclaimed “Civil Rights Legend” Robert “Granddad” Freeman, and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley have recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland. The only problem? It has taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive.
“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. 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,” said McGruder.
McGruder reclaims his role as showrunner and will serve as executive producer along with Norm Aladjem for Mainstay Entertainment, in addition to Seung Kim and Meghann Collins Robertson.