Jon Stewart’s long-gestating animated venture has been shelved indefinitely, according to a joint statement released by HBO and Stewart. Why the full stop? Production complications.
“We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” the statement says.
As part of Stewart’s four-year HBO production deal, the former Daily Show host was set to partner on the project with OTOY, a “cloud-graphics company,” to produce fresh animated content with a quick delivery time. The joint project was announced over a year and a half ago, in November of 2015. The specific focus of the show was never revealed (though the statement describes it as a “shortform digital animated project”), but given Stewart’s pedigree, the current news of the day was likely in the mix.
The announcement that both parties are moving away from the project is sure to leave Stewart’s fervent fan base disappointed. The long-running Comedy Central host stepped down from his Daily Show gig in mid-2015, after 16 years at the helm. The announcement of the HBO animated project not long after gave his fans hope they might be seeing Stewart’s signature brand of hilariously cutting satire as the 2016 U.S. presidential election was heating up, but it was sadly not to be.
In the meantime, Stewart’s loyal fans have been getting their fix from his surprise appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And considering Stewart and HBO’s multi-year deal, other projects are surely in the works. As their joint statement notes, “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together, which you will be hearing about in the near future.”
Here’s hoping Stewart comes back soon with some much-needed Moments of Zen.