John Landis Joins Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten Team


John Landis (Animal House, Coming to America) has joined forces with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the production team behind Genius Brands International’s Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten children’s series.

Landis will direct the action-adventure comedy series co-created by the late Stan Lee, which features Schwarzenegger lending his voice as the lead character. Landis also serves as a co-producer on Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, along with China’s Alibaba Group, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool) developed the series, with scripting by Steven Banks (SpongeBob SquarePants).

Further, Landis has joined Genius Brands’ development team to help create a live-action series and a feature film spin-off of Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.

Andy Heyward, Genius Brands chairman and CEO, said: “When one has a property of this magnitude, we will quickly pursue development of a live-action feature spin-off as we work to maximize the value of the brand. Today’s announcement reflects a core element of our strategy for Genius Brands and Kartoon Channel!—recruiting the industry’s top proven and emerging talent to ensure that we are steadily building a content offering that is second to none. We believe that this approach, in combination with our excellent distribution deals and licensing agreements, is a pathway for Genius Brands to drive strong revenue and create long-term shareholder value.”

Landis said: “I am honored to work with Andy and Arnold for the first time in bringing Stan’s vision to life with this action-packed series infused with comedy and heart.”