Nickelodeon has Brendar the Barbarian (working title, 13 episodes), a brand new live action puppet comedy series directed by Mike Mitchell (Trolls, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part) and veteran puppeteer Drew Massey (Mutt & Stuff, Sid the Science Kid). The series follows Evan, a bridge troll in search of adventure, and Brendar, a ferocious warrior, in search of the evil demon who locked her brother up. Production will begin later this year and is slated to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2021.
"It's amazing to work with incredibly talented developers like Mike and Drew," said Shauna Phelan, senior vice president of live-action scripts. “Her inventive puppetry, her unique cinematic vision and her hilarious voice make this show an incomparable one. Brendar the Barbarian is a truly original series that kids and families of all ages will love. "
In Brendar the Barbarian, Evan, a troll who has never ventured under his bridge, decides to explore the world for the first time in search of great adventure and inspiration to make his dream of becoming a singer come true. Soon he meets Brendar, Gothmoria's most feared and revered warrior, and participates in her quest through treacherous terrain and confrontations with bizarre and magical creatures. During their journey and meeting an eclectic puppet of crazy characters, they both learn that they are better together and that they form an unbreakable friendship.
Brendar the Barbarian production is overseen by Phelan and Zack Olin, Senior Vice President Live Action for Nickelodeon. The series is co-designed, written and executive produced by Mitchell, who also acts as a director, and Massey, who also acts as the lead puppeteer.