HBO likes doing business with the Duplass Brothers.
The premium channel has ordered two seasons of their animated series, Animals. The first season is currently in post-production and will premiere on HBO in 2016. The first two episodes screened at the Sundance Film Festival, creating buzz. The order is hailed by Deadline as perhaps “the biggest acquisition deal overall” to emerge from Sundance.
The news comes just a few months after HBO renewed the series Togetherness for a second season. The Duplass Brothers and Steve Zissis co-created Togetherness, for which they also co-wrote and co-directed each episode of the first season.
Animals, produced by the Duplass Brothers and created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, focuses on the creatures that exist in the most crowded, least desirable environment: New York City. Bedbugs, rats, and pigeons will be included in the cast. Actors lending their voices to the starring animals include Mark Duplass, Rob Corddry, Katie Aselton, and Nick Kroll.
“Jay and I have been excited about bringing the principles of indie film to the TV space,” Mark Duplass said. “And to have our first real experiment land at a place like HBO for two seasons is beyond what we could have imagined.”