Dan Harmon's new Fox animated comedy, Krapopolis, is marching towards its slated 2022 release, and new casting info has just dropped. Some of the names involved sound like great picks.
The show, set in Harmon's take on mythical Ancient Greece, revolves around a family of gods and monsters, and seems likely to be a big hit for Fox when it premieres next year.
Among the big names announced are Richard Ayoade, Hannah Waddingham, Matt Berry, Pam Murphy and Duncan Trussell.
For fans of Harmon's other work, which includes Community (#sixseasonsandamovie) and Rick and Morty, some of the character profiles (the goddess of self-destruction and questionable choices is a winner) are a good sign that this new show will showcase some of the absurdist humour its creator is known for.
For NFT collectors, the show is also one to watch.
As was previously announced, Krapopolis will be the first animated show to be curated on the blockchain. While details are still thin on the ground, Fox has signalled its intention to operate a marketplace for the show, where it will sell a variety of tokens, including NFTs, and other digital content. It also sounds likely that this will include some form of physical or social experience model for 'super fans'.
Fox has recently made a significant ($100 million!) investment into the Eluvio blockchain, signalling a major push into the NFT space.
Eluvio operates its content blockchain technology ('Content Fabric) as a platform for NFTs, but also a means of offering live event ticketing, content monetization, and just-in-time streaming, and as a way of minting, distributing and storing media assets. It's also Ethereum compatible, meaning wallets such as Metamask can be used to manage accounts.
While Krapopolis is destined to be the first, it's unlikely to be the last show to take advantage of the blockchain to offer fans and collectors alike a new way to engage with their favourite entertainment properties. The opportunities that blockchain backed tv shows and movies present could be revolutionary for the industry. From serving up rare bonus content, behind the scenes extras, or exclusive deleted scenes, shows like Krapopolis could be forging a new way for fans to interact with their favourite franchises.