FOX has ordered the all-new animated comedy Grimsburg, starring and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Top Gun: Maverick), it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, FOX Entertainment.
Fully owned by FOX Entertainment and created by Catlan McClelland and Matthew Schlissel, Grimsburg will premiere in 2023 and be produced by FOX’s Emmy-winning animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment.
In Grimsburg, Marvin Flute (Hamm) may be the greatest detective ever to catch a cannibal clown or correctly identify a mid-century modern armoire. But there’s one mystery he still can’t crack — his family.
Now that he’s back in Grimsburg, a town where everyone has a secret or three, Flute will follow every lead he’s got to redeem himself with the ex-wife he never stopped loving, even if it means hanging out with the son he never bothered to get to know.
“I am very excited to be involved in the FOX animation universe. A universe I have been actively watching since the early nineties,” said Hamm.
“The opportunity to get to bring a project like Grimsburg to life that is so particular and unique, and to work with its incredibly imaginative and hilarious creators is one I can’t wait to get started with.”
“As we continue to expand our animation brand beyond family comedies, Grimsburg’s wildly funny, bizarre and inventive take on the crime genre makes it the perfect next generation FOX comedy,” added Thorn.
“And with Jon Hamm front and center as Marvin Flute, the deeply troubled detective with very eclectic taste and opinions, we believe this may finally be Hamm’s breakout role as a leading man.”
“The mystery is solved, Grimsburg is a thoroughly original and comedic take on the small-town crime show trope with a mix of the insatiable Jon Hamm and head-spinning plot twists and turns,” added Gail Berman, Executive Producer and Chairman and CEO of The Jackal Group.
“FOX, Bento Box and Grimsburg’s genius creators, Catlan and Matthew are taking the animation genre to new heights under the wise leadership of our brilliant Showrunner Chadd Gindin in this eccentric comedy with a broad appeal. We are thrilled to be a part of this great team.”
In addition to Hamm, the Grimsburg executive producers include Gail Berman (FOX’s upcoming drama Monarch, The Addams Family, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Hend Baghdady (Monarch, Golan the Insatiable) of The Jackal Group, Connie Tavel (Judging Amy) and showrunner Chadd Gindin (The Cleveland Show, Santa Clarita Diet), while McClelland and Schlissel will co-executive produce.
Jon Hamm is currently in production on Maggie Moore(s) in which he will star opposite Tina Fey. The film is being directed by John Slattery. Earlier this year Hamm completed production on Fletch. Hamm will produce alongside manager/producer Connie Tavel. Greg Mottola directs from a script by Zev Borrow.
Hamm also recently appeared as a guest star in season ten of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with critics calling his impersonation of Larry David, “inspired” and a “highlight of the season.” Next year, he will be seen in the much anticipated, Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise and Miles Teller.
In 2020, Jon appeared opposite Emily Blunt in John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme. In 2019, he appeared in Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens series for Amazon and Noah Hawley’s directorial debut film, Lucy in the Sky, opposite Natalie Portman. Additionally, Hamm starred in Scott Z. Burns’ The Report opposite Annette Benning and Adam Driver and The Battle of Richard Jewell, directed by Clint Eastwood.