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News The Producers' Brooks and Meehan Team Again on New Animated "Spaceballs" The Producers collaborators Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan have signed on to write a pilot for a new animated television series based on their 1987 comedy film "Spaceballs."
From Top: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
From Top: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Photo by Aubrey Reuben

BFC Berliner Film Companie will partner with Brooksfilms and MGM Domestic Television Distribution on the new series for an hour-long pilot and 13 half-hour episodes, according to an MGM release. "We are thrilled to be working with a comic genius like Mel Brooks on what we're sure will be the highly successful translation of his classic film comedy to the medium of animation for TV," said BFC chief Rainer Soehnlein. "We look forward to our collaboration with him and with MGM, and to bringing 'Spaceballs' to a new audience."

Brooks and Meehan, who co-penned the original screenplay, are set to write the pilot then supervise writing on the rest of the series. Brooks will also voice the two main characters, President Scroob and Yogurt for the cartoon.

The comedic duo — who also teamed on the 1983 comedy "To Be or Not to Be" — are preparing for the forthcoming release of the screen version of their Broadway musical The Producers. Meehan (who also penned Hairspray and Annie previously told that they are also at work on a stage musical version of the Brooks film "Young Frankenstein."

"Spaceballs," which lampoons many popular sci-fi films, followed hero Lone Star (played by Bill Pullman) and his sidekick Barfolemew (John Candy) on their quest to stop the evil plan of Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and Planet Spaceball's President Scroob (Brooks) and save Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) and the Planet Druidia.

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