As reported by Variety, TOM DELONGE’s ‘Strange Times’—about five dirty teenage skateboarders who solve paranormal mysteries while being chased by Deep State government agents—has been put into development by TBS.
In the spirit of speaking truth to power and offending everyone equally, the series, which is based on DeLonge’s graphic novel, is a love letter to punk rock culture and a middle finger to everybody else.
‘Strange Times’ will be written and executive produced by Aaron Karo. DeLonge, The Cartel’s Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Strike Entertainment’s Russell Binder will serve as executive producers.
“My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor,” says DeLonge. “This series combines them all into one.”
“Tom is a storyteller,” says Binder. “His experiences and his interests are vast, and his desire to share those with a broad and diverse audience is an itch we are beginning to scratch. Strange Times is a comedic take on the tropes of coming of age, friendship, and how to escalate ways to humiliate your best friends while staying out of detention, and ideally, the hospital. “
DeLonge originally launched Strange Times back in 2011 as a fringe news site reporting on unexplained phenomena. It grew from there, expanding across multiple properties, including a graphic novel, merchandise, and in 2016 DeLonge’s To The Stars partnered with Simon & Schuster for the release of STRANGE TIMES: THE GHOST IN THE GIRL, the first in a planned trilogy of Young Adult science fiction novels co-penned by DeLonge and award-winning author Geoff Herbach.
DeLonge is repped by APA, Management 360 and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, Klein & Trattner.
About To The Stars:
To The Stars is an independent entertainment company that creates original content across music, film, television, and publishing with a focus on next-generation scientific phenomena. Established by bestselling author, award-winning creator and entrepreneur Tom DeLonge, To The Stars is the entertainment division of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a think tank of artists, scientists, intelligence officers and technology experts that explore and educate the public about scientific phenomena that can have a transformative impact on society. Since its inception in 2011, To The Stars has developed multiple franchises including Love, Poet Anderson, Strange Times, Sekret Machines, Cathedrals of Glass and The Lonely Astronaut. These projects have found their way into 10 bestselling books, a critically acclaimed feature, an award-winning animated short plus 5 chart-topping companion albums by Angels & Airwaves. DeLonge’s entertainment career began over two decades ago when he co-founded Blink-182, an American rock band that became a pop culture phenomenon and went on to sell over 25 million albums worldwide. www.ToTheStars.Media
The Cartel is a feature film and television production and management company representing top-tier show runners, show creators, writers, directors, producers, talent and production companies in film, TV and new media. The Cartel has produced over 70 feature films, television series, and TV movies in the past eight years. Cartel is producing the upcoming Shudder series “Creepshow” with “The Walking Dead” EP, Greg Nicotero. Also, currently in production The Cartel is producing and financing the 26 episode series “12 Forever” for Netflix. Other previous credits include the series “A Place in the Sun” for Discovery and “Ties That Bind” for Up TV, as well several recent feature films including “Jeepers Creepers 3”, “Guns, Girls, & Gambling,” “Switched for Christmas,” “Pearl in Paradise,” “One Winter Weekend,” “Merry ExMas,” to name a few.
About Striker Entertainment:
Striker Entertainment is a full-service global entertainment licensing agency dedicated to maximizing consumer products opportunities and building brand equity for its clients. Striker represents some of the biggest global entertainment franchises including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Umbrella Academy, Laika Studios new and heritage films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, and Deadly Class to name a few. Striker has been actively optioning IP from a variety of sources and building a branded production business setting up film and television projects where broad franchise potential exists and where Striker can be in place to maximize those ancillary opportunities. Striker also enjoys a first look TV deal with Blumhouse Television. visit www.strikerentertainment.com.
About Aaron Karo:
Aaron Karo is a comedian and author of five books, including young adult novels Me You Usand Lexapros and Cons. He created the Channing Tatum animated vehicle Germany, which received a pilot presentation at Comedy Central, developed live-action comedy Living the Dream with DJ Dillon Francis at Comedy Central, and sold the multi-cam Squad Goals to CBS with partner Lindsey Rosin. He also starred in the one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History.