Austin, TX — Mike Judge, the creator of popular MTV animated show Beavis and Butthead and Fox TV’s adult-oriented King of the Hill announced at an area comic book conference that a ‘Prequel’ to his 2006 cult classic Idiocracy is in the works. Mr. Judge was slim on details, but said that production was starting “around Christmas” and they were targeting a Summer 2018 release if, in his words, “we make it that long.”
“I was really thinking about creating a sequel to Office Space,” said Mr. Judge speaking of his 1999 hit which portrayed the absurdity of corporate cubical life, “but then I got to thinking that we’ve jumped a generation already, and the new one wouldn’t get it. So that’s when we decided to make this prequel.”
Idiocracy tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights. It’s unclear in which time era Mr. Judge will start his predecessor, which has the working titled of Idiocracy: In the Beginning, but he did give the audience of more than 1400 comic fans a few hints.
Mr. Judge is known for his biting and sarcastic narratives, which often viciously deconstruct the assumptions and privileges of modern life.
“I know people like to call Idiocracy a documentary of our times, but that’s not right,” continued Mr. Judge. “We’re actually getting smarter over time. But, I know how everyone is feeling about our current situation, so we wanted to make a film that represents what would happen if we continue down this current path, say 20 years or so in the future. Maybe further.”
It’s unclear if 20th Century Fox will be releasing the film, as with the previous version of the film, critics accused the movie studio of dropping the ball on what many deemed to be a game-changing film. Since its release in 2006, the original Idiocracy has become a cult favorite and a symbol of the decaying culture within the United States in the era of Trump. There is a reason to believe that the prequel will live up to its name.