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Aeon Flux live-action reboot, new Daria series announced by MTV

The cable network wants Netflix, Hulu, and more to bite at its old properties

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Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

Æon Flux, a secret agent from the year 7698 who starred her own short-form animated series from 1991 to 1995, will again grace the small screen, courtesy of MTV. Expect a costume change.

Announced by the network, the rebooted Æon Flux will translate animator Peter Chung’s muscular, pencil-thin animation style into a modern, live-action action vehicle from Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis and The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd. The show is not expected to run on MTV proper. Instead, producers hope to shop the series out to streaming platforms like Netflix or Hulu.

Little is known about the approach, but one assumes with the success of the CW’s weird-and-proud lineup of DC Comics and Davis’ pulpy take on the Teen Wolf property, that the show will resemble the futuristic, anime-inspired spy stories that made Æon Flux a mesmerizing staple of MTV’s Liquid Television line-up. Or, whatever that looks like without rampant bloodshed and hyper-sexuality. Æon Flux 2.0 has to appeal to the masses (though a previous attempt to do that, 2005’s Charlize Theron-led Æon Flux, was one of the ‘00s great disasters).

According to a press release via Deadline, Æon Flux is one of a number of reboots in the works at MTV, via the company’s new production unit, MTV Studios. The major reveal is Daria & Jodie, a new take on the animated series Daria from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer writer Grace Edwards. This time, Daria’s friend Jodie, one of the few African American characters on the original series, shares the spotlight, as the two “take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.”

Additional MTV Studios series include a reboot of The Real World, which will once again find seven strangers living in a house as they stop being polite and start getting real; The Valley, a reality series in the vein of The Hills set in Nogales, Arizona, a town along the border of the United States and Mexico; and an update of the self-improvement series Made, positioned to tackle the topic in a modern world: “In a world of 2D Instagram transformations, MADE pairs talented young underdogs with experts for face to face coaching for total life, real life reinventions.”

MTV president Chris McCarthy also tells Deadline that the network may try to reboot Beavis and Butt-Head again, after a short-lived attempt in 2011. There are also plans for resurrecting the Unplugged series, as well as launching a standalone music-driven streaming platform, which would officially take MTV full circle.

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