This series is just the latest MTV show from the past to be revived for a reboot, with the network now developing revivals of Jersey Shore, Yo MTV Raps, Total Request Live and The Real World.
No, Charlize Theron's not returning as Aeon Flux. The formerly-music-minded cabler has tapped familiar talent in Jeff Davis to write the script and serve as executive producer. He'll be joined by executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, the veteran film and television producer, who serves as EP for The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. The animated Aeon Flux series was well liked by critics and fans, and Davis' Teen Wolf was widely beloved by MTV audiences throughout its six season run on the cable network.
The original Aeon Flux aired in 1991 on MTV as a series of shorts created by animator Peter Chung. The film took place 400 years into the future, when disease had wiped out the majority of the earth's population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. Those shorts were followed up with five additional short-form animated episodes in 1992, and in 1995, MTV ordered a 10-episode season of half-hour episodes as its own stand-alone series.
The series centered on the title character, who hailed from the nation of Monica, who was a skilled assassin and acrobat. The live action film starred Theron, Frances McDormand and Marton Csokas, and was directed by Karyn Kusama. Chung's animated series was groundbreaking stuff, seemingly building upon the thematic focus of the renegade animation found in efforts like 1981's Heavy Metal, except put through a stylised cyberpunk lens that - in 1991 - was considered mind-blowing. The film grossed $52.3 million globally, falling short of its $62 million production budget.
Sadly, the Aeon Flux movie was a disaster, both critically and at the box office.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report news of the reboot.