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The Venture Bros Movie Is Moving Forward

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The Venture Bros is one of Adult Swim’s finest originals. What began as a simply Jonny Quest parody grew into a densely plotted, intricate mythology guided by creators and writers Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. So much thought and care was put into each season that they would take years to come out, but Adult Swim was willing to wait….until they weren’t.

It has never been revealed exactly WHY The Venture Bros was abruptly cancelled before it could finish its storyline — an about-face after years of casually letting Hammer and Publick work at their glacial pace. The popular theory is that it had a lot to do with a regime change and WarnerMedia’s new owners, AT&T, who swallowed the entire company shortly before terminating TVB. It’s believed the reason Venture Bros got the axe was because its streaming rights are owned by Hulu, not HBO Max, which certainly sounds like the kind of petty, distant thing the AT&T suits would do. We can’t confirm this, though.

AS seemed to have no say in the decision, as implied by the apology tweet they sent out shortly after the cancellation was made public. “We also want more Venture Bros, and have been working with Jackson and Doc to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story,” they said. Such a deal would take the form of a movie, technically not part of the Hulu deal. Andso it has come to pass.

Today AS formally announced The Venture Bros Movie is a go. The movie will tell the story that Season 8 would have, and wrap up all plot threads. “Doc’s latest invention will either bankrupt the Ventures or launch them to new heights, as Hank searches for himself, Dean searches for Hank, The Monarch searches for answers, and a mysterious woman from their pasts threatens to bring their entire world crashing down on them.”

On the same day, Adult Swim also announced a movie continuation for Metalocalypse (another show that was cut down in mid-story) and another Aqua Teen Hunger Force feature. Creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis are returning for that last one.

The Venture Bros Movie, and those other movies, are headed to Adult Swim…eventually. They will first be sold on Blu-Ray and VOD, and will only be available through those mediums for a 90-day window. Some may balk at being forced to pay, but the enterprise has to be profitable in some fashion or it won’t exist (and I want this on my shelf anyway). Go Team Venture!