In one of the strangest Ravens stories in a while, Ravens Team Staff Writer Ryan Mink reported that former Ravens DL Trevor Pryce got his show on Netflix. What's the show about? "An army of poisonous frogs as they defend themselves against an army of scorpions and spiders battling for their world". This could not be more awesome.
What's even funnier is that Pryce has a fear of frogs, and in particular, bullfrogs. Here's an excerpt from a USA Today Sports piece:
"I didn’t like the look of them. I always thought as a kid that they were filled with pus," Pryce, who frequently saw the creatures while growing up in central Florida, told USA TODAY Sports. "If I was to ever run over one it would splat like a balloon and I just could not get that image out of my head. Plus, they gave you warts. I thought that was the most disgusting thing ever. Neither of those things are true, I don’t think, but it made for an interesting childhood because I’m scared of nothing else. I’m not scared of animals. I’m not scared of death. I’m not scared of violence. I do not like bullfrogs.""To this day, I would not send any of my kids to TCU because a horned frog (the school’s mascot) is one of the most vile things I’ve ever heard of."
The show is actually based on his book series, which was born from a movie pitch. Pryce never intended to be an author, but the idea came from a failed movie pitch to Sony, Pryce described the movie as "300 but with outback animals. It was like an action-adventure movie, just animated." Now this is just my opinion, but shame on the Sony execs for not picking this up! Anyways, after contacting contact artists and agents, he was convinced to turn the failed movie script into a book. Pryce described the process of making the book a reality as "bonkers and scary at the same time, but I never in my life thought I’d write a book." The first book in the series, 'An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel' was released May 7th, 2013. The book seems to be a success, as it received positive reviews from publications like Booklist and School Library Journal, as well an overall five star rating from Amazon.com customers. After the release, Pryce said "The audience will determine if this moves on from a book," Pryce said. "If it’s popular, it will become whatever I want it to be. If it’s not popular or successful, it’ll still be a book. It’s literally out of my hands." It was obviously a success as the sequel, 'The Rainbow Serpent', was released in October of last year, and the third book in the trilogy, 'Amphibians' End', slated to release this October.
The movie-turned-book series made the jump to the television yesterday, when Netflix announced it had ordered a 13 episode season, with it expected to hit the popular streaming service sometime in 2016. This isn't Pryce's first time in the entertainment industry either, as he opened a music label in 2002 as an active NFL player. When Pryce went to Hollywood to sign paperwork after one of his label's artists' songs was featured in a Martin Lawrence film, Pryce said he was "blown away by what [he] saw .[in Hollywood]" "That was the day I left the music industry and said, ‘Nope, I’m going to make movies."
Pryce has enjoyed some success as a film and television writer/producer, as Sony has bought one of his movie scripts. ABC, Cartoon Network, and Disney have also purchased television scripts from him. So why exactly did Pryce choose to write so many children-oriented films and shows?
"When you’re a producer, you’re a product of your environment," Pryce said. "In my house, my kids ran all the TVs. All I had was Nickelodeon and Disney Channel on all day long. That was my frame of reference. I wasn’t watching The Wire because I couldn’t watch The Wire. It was Hannah Montana and Spongebob 24 hours a day. My first projects were kids projects because that’s all I knew."
- Trevor Pryce
Now hopefully Pryce has seen 'The Wire' by now, it's a Baltimore classic. Anyhow, it's quite interesting to see why he writes primarily children's films and shows.
Here's to hoping that his new show is just a successful as his NFL career, in which he recorded 91 sacks, 440 tackles, 12 forced fumbles, and 2 INTs. Pryce was also a two-time Super Bowl Champion and four-time Pro Bowler.
I'll write an update when the show goes live on Netflix, it looks like it could be a great show for those of you that have children, or even those of you who enjoy the cartoon genre. Now to hold you over until next year, here's a sneak peek at what the series could look like:
If you would like to purchase the books, all are for sale here.