After completing the sale of the Topps trading card division to Fanatics earlier today, Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company along with Madison Dearborn Partners announced the formation of The Bazooka Companies Inc. The new company will remain in charge of the remaining candy and gift card businesses that were left from Topps. The big news for GPK collectors is that as part of the press release, the company announced it would have the rights to produce movies and television shows of certain Topps properties such as MechWarrior/BattleTech and Garbage Pail Kids. This should include the upcoming HBO Max animated series being developed by creators Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Josh Bycel. No release date has been announced for the series. No other information is known such as how long Bazooka will retain the rights, or if Fanatics will have a say in future content decisions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is a Garbage Paul Kids animated series currently in development. The series is being developed for the streaming service HBO Max by Topps and Rough House Pictures. Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Josh Bycel will write and co-create the series.
During the height of popularity in the 1980’s a GPK animated series was planned, but never aired due to the controversial nature of GPKs at the time. The article reports the new series is expected to be a family friendly.
GPK artist Joe Simko posted on Facebook that he had been asked to help create character designs for the show. No other details have been released on the series as of yet. Garbage Pail Kids are about to get back into the mainstream.