Sergio Aragonés 'Groo The Wanderer' Acquired For Animated Film And Television Rights

by Outsiders
November 22, 2021
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film company, Did I Err Productions has acquired the animated film and television rights to Groo the Wanderer, the long-running comedic comic from legendary Spanish cartoonist Sergio Aragonés.

Entrepreneur Josh Jones and his Did I Err Productions partner Scott Nocas will serve as executive producers for the character’s first-ever animated adaptation, along with Aragonés and Groo writer Mark Evanier. The production company will seek creative talent who understand Aragonés’ unique vision and characters. Projects are being packaged for streaming services and global distribution, with Did I Err able to co-finance as needed.

The character of Groo follows the humorous exploits of a barbarian who is a mighty swordsman but also a walking disaster. He wanders an ancient land with his trusty sidekick, a dog named Rufferto.

Groo, now in its 40th year of publication, is the longest currently running independent and creator-owned comic book property, outlasting even many of the companies that have published it. Aragonés was already an established cartoonist who was one of the key jokesters in Mad magazine, where he had begun work after arriving from Mexico in 1962, when he came up with the concept and look for his creation in the late 1970s. With writer Evanier, the onetime assistant to Jack Kirby who was then working in Saturday morning animation, he launched the book via indie publisher Pacific Comics in 1982 only after he was able to make a deal that let him keep the rights. Since then, the title has hopscotched from Marvel’s Epic line to Image Comics to Dark Horse, which has been its home since 1998. And while it doesn’t have the broad appeal and awareness of the superhero set, the character has dedicated fans, including filmmakers Rian Johnson and Joe and Anthony Russo.
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JangDangus - 2021-11-23 @ 8:34 am

I wonder if the art will get an overhaul. Cool concept

Faceless - 2021-11-23 @ 3:45 am

Wow, I'll definitely check this out too. I read a few Groos back in the day. Thus was something completely unexpected.

ransomz - 2021-11-23 @ 12:35 am

I enjoyed Groo back in the day and will be happy to check this out.

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