Earthworm Jim 4 announced

Written by Joe Martin

April 23, 2008 // 12:04 p.m.

Tags: #dave-perry #earthworm-jim #film #interplay #movie #neverhood #shiny #tenapel #tennapel

Earthworm Jim – the name itself is enough to grab the total attention of pretty much an entire generation who became fascinated with the garden grub and his cosmic adventure. That entire generation then will be happy to know that Interplay, publisher of the original series of games, has just signed a deal to create a fourth game.

And a new cartoon series. And a feature-length movie.

Doug TenNapel, the original creator of the character, was in the spotlight particularly today as he signed a deal to take over the role of ‘Creative Consultant’ for future Earthworm Jim projects.

This isn’t the first time that an animated series based around the character has been developed though – in 1995 two seasons of the show ran on the WB! Network, with Dan Castellleneta voicing the titular character.

TenNapel himself, who also created the abstract cult favourite The Neverhood, has had a famously turbulent relationship with the Earthworm Jim franchise.

They're supposed to pay me a minimum royalty on every Jim thing sold but Interplay's lawyers have loop-holed their way around having to pay me a cent," said TenNapel in an old interview. In fact, that interview is well worth a read and describes how credit for the gaming icon has been stripped from TenNapel over time as he was forced off the project.

Now that TenNapel is back on board in someway, could a revival of Earthworm Jim prove to be any good? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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