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New 'Boondocks' Series Coming to HBO Max

The streaming landscape is about to get a whole lot more crowded, as existing services such as Netflix and Amazon are joined by new platforms from the likes of Disney, Apple and NBCUniversal. And with so much digital real estate to fill, there's going to be rush for original content.

HBO Max, the previously revealed streaming service from Warner Media is set to have an impressive library of animation, thanks to featuring programming from the likes of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. What we didn't know is how much animation might feature in their slate of original content.

The revival of The Boondocks was revealed as in production by Sony Pictures Animation in their presentation at Annecy this past summer. It has now been announced that the new series is going to be coming to HBO Max. This is our first indication that HBO Max is going to be investing in adult animation.

The Boondocks originally aired on Adult Swim between 2005 and 2014, and was created by Aaron McGruder based on his own newspaper comic strip. It stood out from other adult animated series at the time as it was based on the African-American experience. The series revolved around the antics of brothers Huey and Riley and their grandfather Robert "Grandad" Freeman.

McGruder will be on board once again to 'reimagine' the series as showrunner. HBO Max has ordered two seasons, totalling 24 episodes, due to debut in 2020. The original series will also be added at the same time.

The original series was lauded (and sometimes controversial) for dealing with important social and cultural issues of the time, and the new series looks to be no different.

"There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of  The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun," McGruder said in a statement.