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– by David Kozlowski

Seems like each week there’s some new article bemoaning the dearth of creativity and risk-taking in film and television. The prevailing sentiment being that Hollywood is only interested in producing sequels, licensed properties, or reboots. Fair enough, lot of truth in that statement. However, when it comes to nerve, hubris, and flat-out aggressiveness for original content, look no further than the fine folks at Netflix. 

Deadline reports that actor Channing Tatum will star as U.S. President George Washington in America: The Motion Picture, a revisionist, R-rated, animated film about the founding of our country; brought to you by the creative teams behind Archer and The LEGO Movie. If that doesn’t satisfy your need for outside-of-the-box thinking, you might need a little more Vitamin-D in your diet.

America: The Motion Picture is Netflix’s first animated feature, and it surely demonstrates their willingness to venture into new genres and categories whether or not there’s a defined audience. Seriously, can any of us honestly say that we woke up this morning with a burning desire to watch an racy re-telling of the birth of our nation in animated form? Funny thing is, now that I’m thinking about it, I kind of have to see this. So, thanks Netflix?

But wait, there’s more… America: The Motion Picture is being written by Dave Callaham, the creative mind responsible for Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables franchise, if you’ll forgive him for that monstrosity (c’mon, the first one wasn’t half bad). Callaham also wrote the currently-unproduced Zombieland 2 and he’s the showrunner on Amazon’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson — that’s a pretty eclectic resume.

There’s currently no release date set for the film, but based solely upon Netflix’s track record for winning original content and the wildly diverse material produced by this creative team, America: The Motion Picture is a production worth following.  

Are you interested in an alternative slice of American history from the people responsible for Archer and The LEGO Movie? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Film and Media Studies.