After twelve depraved and wonderful seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, not to mention two more on the way, the gang are branching out and flexing their creative muscles in all new pastures. Both Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton have starred in shows of their own, but the unrivalled longevity of Always Sunny has proven the true extent of their ability when they work as a team.
Rooster Teeth has ordered the original trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton to put their minds towards an animated horror-comedy.
The new show, Spikeface, will be produced in-house and is planned to be broadcoast on Rooster Teeth’s subscription-streaming service, First. The new show is due to premiere in 2019. It will join nine other original series and pilots that Rooster Teeth has planned for First, which can be viewed from $4.99 per month.
(left to right) Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton
Spikeface will tell the story of Spikeface, described as “one of the world’s great horror icons”. After slaughtering a couple at the roadside, Spikeface finds himself unable to kill their baby girl and ends up adopting the orphan instead.
The eight-episode original series will explore the way that parenthood impacts Spikeface and his shared house full of equally prolific and malevolent horror villains.
3 Arts Entertainment will also be involved in executive producing the project, alongside Rob McElhenney and Rooster Teeth co-founders Matt Hullum and Bernie Burns.
“So many of us at Rooster Teeth are huge fans of Rob and we can’t wait to help him and his team bring Spikeface to life,” says Burns, chief creative officer at Rooster Teeth.
With the kind of humour expected of the Roother Teeth gang, Burns adds that this collaboration “sends a really strong message to young people: if you study, work hard and produce over a decade of top-quality beloved network television programming, well then maybe you can get your own show on the internet too.”