"A completely original and cool idea"
Earlier this year, it emerged that the pair had collaborated on a children’s programme called Bronze Blue, and had even pitched it to both Nickelodeon and Disney Channel back in 2010 but neither network picked it up. The show would have starred both himself and Wentz, along with Ashlee Simpson and, possibly, Pharrell Williams, as an underwater pop-punk band who toured beaches, played eco-friendly songs, and did battle with villain Sushi Chef.
“When we did it many years ago, it was what we thought was a completely original and cool idea,” Hoppus told NME. “We had songs written for it, episodes, characters, and it was pretty well developed. We started taking it around studios in Los Angeles and it was literally just weeks after they had sold Bubble Guppies so someone had gone through with similar characters.
“You know, fish and what not. We were about month late, but hopefully it will see the light of day at some point. It was going to be a lot of fun and it was going to be an interesting project to be part of.”
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Hoppus was set to play Tako, a guitar-playing octopus, while Wentz would appear as Shrimpy, a bass-playing sea bass. Members of All Time Low and Wentz’s Fall Out Boy bandmate Patrick Stump had also been approached to appear. Music that the pair recorded for the show also appeared online.
As well as speaking with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth about their new supergroup Simple Creatures, Hoppus also said that Blink 182’s new album was taking a more “aggressive” approach, and spoke out on the “shock” of the Fyre Festival documentary.