The surreal stop-motion show originally ran from 1998-2002, before a short revival in 2006-07
Celebrity Deathmatch is being rebooted by MTV and Ice Cube.
The stop-motion series – which sent up numerous celebrities by depicting them as ultra-violent wrestlers – originally ran from 1998 to 2002 for 75 episodes (excluding the two pilots). A brief revival of the show began in 2006, but it came to an end less than a year later after just 16 episodes.
MTV Studios are now reviving Celebrity Deathmatch, with Ice Cube set to star in and executively produce this latest version of the show – his production company, Cube Vision, will partner with MTV for the reboot.
The new Celebrity Deathmatch – which will also be executively produced by series creator Eric Fogel, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ben Hurwitz – is set to debut in 2019 in a weekly format. A host network or streaming service has yet to be determined.
“Deathmatch was the meme before memes,” MTV, VH1, and CMT president Chris McCarthy said in a statement about the revival of the show. “[It] remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs – in the wrestling ring.”
Ice Cube, meanwhile, will release his long-awaited album ‘Everythang’s Corrupt’ tomorrow (December 7) – its lead single, ‘Arrest The President’, was released last month.