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Star Trek: Lower Decks’ creator is turning Sega’s Golden Axe into an animated comedy

Sega’s arcade hack-and-slash beat-’em-up Golden Axe is being tailored for tv. In one thing of an surprising twist, that TV sequence will likely be an animated comedy. Mike McMahan (Star Trek: Lower Decks, Photo voltaic Opposites) and Joe Chandler (American Dad!) will co-write the primary episode and govt produce the 10-episode sequence, Comedy Central introduced Wednesday. The announcement got here two days after Paramount revealed that season 5 of Lower Decks could be the sequence’ closing installment.

Golden Axe heroes Ax Battler, Tyris Flare, and Gilius Thunderhead will face down the evil Demise Adder within the animated comedy, they usually’ll be joined by an all-new character: inexperienced adventurer Hampton Squib, voiced by Group’s Danny Pudi. Becoming a member of Pudi within the voice solid are Matthew Rhys (The People) as lightning-powered dwarf Gilius, Lisa Gilroy (Jury Responsibility) as fiery swordswoman Tyris, and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) because the earthshaking Ax — who does not combat with an ax, and is described as “a barbarian warrior with a strict code of honor and sweet golden retriever demeanor.”

Comedy Central’s Golden Axe will function one other deep-cut character from the franchise: Chronos “Evil” Lait, voiced by Carl Tart (Star Trek: Lower Decks). Chronos is the black panther/human hybrid warrior from Sega Genesis sequel Golden Axe 3, who was turned into a beastman by that recreation’s huge unhealthy boss, Damned Hellstrike. This is a recreation sequence with actually good character names, people.

Animation studio Titmouse, accountable for sequence like Huge Mouth, Frog and Toad, The Legend of Vox Machina, and rather more, is animating the Golden Axe sequence.

Golden Axe is one in all a number of Sega diversifications within the works. The third Sonic the Hedgehog film will hit theaters later this yr (with Keanu Reeves becoming a member of the franchise as Shadow), and a spin-off centered on Knuckles the Echidna drops on Paramount Plus in April. There’s additionally a Streets of Rage film within the works, with John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad on the helm.

Sega has been making an attempt for the higher a part of a decade to show its online game properties into movie and tv initiatives. The corporate has beforehand introduced diversifications of video games like Shinobi and Hire-A-Hero, with out a lot to indicate for it. However 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog film seems to have accelerated Sega’s plans, with extra initiatives lastly coming to fruition.

Golden Axe is additionally being revived in online game type. Eventually yr’s The Sport Awards, Sega revealed fashionable iterations of its medieval fantasy beat-’em-up alongside new variations of Jet Set Radio, Loopy Taxi, Shinobi, and Streets of Rage.

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