Netflix has a sweet treat in store. The streaming service just announced they’ve ordered a new TV show called Sweet Tooth.
Sweet Tooth is a drama based on characters created for DC Vertigo by Jeff Lemire. The project hails from Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, Hap and Leonard co-creator Jim Mickle, Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz and Warner Bros. TV.
Christian Convery (Beautiful Boy), Nonso Anozie (The Laundromat), Adeel Akhtar (Les Misérables) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) star with James Brolin as the voice of the narrator.
Netflix has ordered eight, one-hour episodes. The project was previously handed a pilot order by Hulu in 2018 but the project did not go forward there.
Robert Downey Jr. announced the news on twitter and shared his excitement about producing the show with his wife Susan:
The sweetest things are worth waiting for…Susan and I are producing a @Netflix original series, Sweet Tooth, based on the comic by @JeffLemire. Can’t wait to share it with you all. 🦌 👦 @NXonNetflix pic.twitter.com/Mx2xzNOHjs— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) May 12, 2020
Sweet Tooth follows the adventures of Gus — part deer, part boy — who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins.
Mickle and Schwartz will write, executively produce and co-showrun, with Mickle also acting as a director. Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell will also executively produce alongside Linda Moran and Evan Moore producing. It is being produced by Team Downey in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Based on characters created for DC by Jeff Lemire, this marks the latest series project based on a DC Comics Vertigo property. Previous adaptations have included The CW’s iZombie, Lucifer and AMC’s Preacher.
Cast & Crew Details below:
Starring: Christian Convery (Beautiful Boy, Tiger Rising, Playing With Fire), Nonso Anozie (The Laundromat, Zoo, Game of Thrones), Adeel Akhtar (Les Misérables [TV series], Victoria & Abdul, The Big Sick) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Saturday Night Live), with James Brolin (Life in Pieces, Amityville Horror, Westworld) as the voice of the narrator.
Executive Producer / Writer / Director / Co-Showrunner: Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard, In the Shadow of the Moon, Cold In July)
Executive Producer / Writer / Co-Showrunner: Beth Schwartz (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Warner Bros. Television Group overall deal)
Executive Producers: Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell; and Linda Moran
Producer: Team Downey’s Evan Moore
Studio: Team Downey in association with Warner Bros. Television
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