Looks like some people on here were having sacrilegious feelings while reading about David Cohen's new project yesterday. Evil people! After repenting for a while, see what David X. has got to say:
OK, so maybe I was a bit concerned too since I wasn't really into that or any kind of music around the early 80s. But if it turns out to mostly be the backdrop of the series, all is fine. I just hope it will be branded/advertized carefully by FOX in order to not put off the "rap is stupid"-people before even seeing it.
David X. Cohen here. I just wanted to reassure everyone that even if my new show "Grandmaster Freak & The Furious 15" gets on the air (always a long shot in this business), I will never stop lobbying to bring Futurama back -- unless it does come back, in which case I will stop lobbying for it to come back. This doesn't put any new nails in Futurama's coffin; at the same time, it doesn't pry out any nails that were already there. I guarantee you that if FOX is interested in bringing Futurama back, Matt Groening & I will find a way. In fact, if FOX ends up paying me to do another show, then if anything it might make it more economical for them to bring Futurama back.
The new pilot is an idea I've been working on for over a year. Obviously it's completely different from Futurama, but I am very excited about it. It's based somewhat on my own school years... I grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, in the time and place where the show is set (the early-to-mid 1980's). Englewood was home of Sugar Hill records, where many early rap hits were recorded.
I have long been a rap fan, and especially a fan of Ice Cube, so I approached him to see if he was interested in being involved... and he was. The show is not actually about music; it's about the intertwined daily lives and adventures of the many odd characters in the show. We are not currently planning musical performances in every episode, as the Variety article said, though there will be music when relevant to the episode.
The Variety article leaked out early, hence there were no comments from me or FOX that might have better explained some of it.
If I can quote Matt Groening for a moment: When executives told Matt that they had expected Futurama to be more like the Simpsons, he replied, "It's just
like the Simpsons -- new and original."
I'll try my best to make the same apply here!
We know who's behind this show and should - if anything - not hold that against Grandmaster Freak in a "it's not Futurama" way. It isn't Futurama, but it's also not aiming at replacing Futurama.
In related news: An extended article on MTV.com.