By Naima Abdi—
Facebook confirms that The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder has actually written and will direct an R-rated live action movie about the bold and unsavory Uncle Ruckus. The film is quite obviously a theatrical comedy and will star Gary Anthony Williams, who is the voice of Ruckus on the animated series. It’s set to start production sometime this year. But since the project is NOT backed by Sony or any other studio for that matter, McGruder is calling upon the many fans of The Boondocks until the end of February, to donate funds via Kickstarter in order to reach a goal of $200,000 and get the ball rolling on the movie.
This is really out of the blue, especially because the details about the show’s fourth season have yet to be released. So far all that’s known is that the show will have 20 episodes this time instead of the usual 15. Still, this is a decision that could honestly go either way. The pros are that Uncle Ruckus is a remarkable character that always makes story lines even more hilarious than they already are, and whether you love him or hate him, he gets your attention.
The catch though is that none of the other characters will be involved whatsoever because the film is completely about Uncle Ruckus, something a lot of fans may not be totally into. Not to mention the live action element, which is a game changer for sure because it’s not at all what comes to mind when picturing The Boondocks on the big screen. But it’s far cheaper for McGruder and his team to produce than an animated flick that would cost roughly $20 million to make, after all these are tough times. Plenty of fans have expressed wanting a full length Boondocks feature for a long time, myself included, though this isn’t exactly what we expected.
“There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast…To see Gary actually transform into Uncle Ruckus… it’s quite the surreal experience. I never expected the transition to be so completely seamless.”—Aaron McGruder
It’s easy to see that this concept has a real 50/50 shot at doing really well or tanking miserably. So far it has my intrigue I just hope it delivers the seamless effect McGruder refers to.