This is not a drill. Daria is coming back. The dry-witted, monotone teen is set to return as MTV has begun developing a nostalgic reboot under the title Daria & Jodie.
The original show ran for five seasons between 1997 and 2002 and depicted suburban life through the protagonist’s jaded lens. The title suggests that instead of focussing solely on Daria and her relationship with her best friend Jane, this show will put her black friend Jodie, who Buzzfeed said was “one the most important TV character of the 90s”, front and centre.
It will be written by Grace Edwards, who’s worked on “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and more, and is part of MTV’s new production unit called MTV Studios, which will focus on revivals.
The studio released an official description of the remake today. “The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon,” it read. “These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.”
In other words – it’s another woke 00s reboot guys! So we’ve got feminist woc Charmed to look forward to, an all-female Oceans 8 movie and MTV have a host of other remakes in the works too.
In addition to Daria, MTV Studios will reboot The Real World, MADE, and the sci-fi anime series Aeon Flux which will be remade as a live action show. Deadline has reported that the programs are “being pitched to streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix and Apple.”