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Seth McFarlane Will Continue Making ‘Family Guy’ Until Our Children’s Children Walk the Earth

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All in the Family Guy: Only 910 days after negotiations began, Fox TV has signed an overall deal with Seth McFarlane. If all stays smooth with Family Guy, American Dad, and new spinoff The Cleveland Show, the deal’s value could “ultimately enter the nine-figure range.” With that kind of payday, MacFarlane could buy one midsize island or 9 million bootleg Stewie Griffin bobbleheads. [Variety]

Do It Yourself: This weekend at San Francisco’s Maker Faire, Lee David Zlotoff announced his intention to develop a big-budget MacGyver movie. Zlotoff created the series and claims he ended up with the movie rights, which sounds a little dodgy. Zlotoff will begin shooting soon using a camera made of a staple gun, a clove of garlic, and a pair of bifocals. [Gizmodo]

Lil Patriot: Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Company’s Patriots, joining Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. True story follows high-school basketball players from five different schools who are united as one team after Hurricane Katrina, and then they reach the state championships. Seriously? Just summarizing this made us cry. [Billboard]

Rudin Wants More Fun: Scott Rudin and Disney have hired John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to rewrite Hours of Fun, the story of two childhood friends who bought novelty toys from the back pages of comic books, and now 30 years later the toys start living up to their crazy advertising claims. We salute Daley, who seems like the only Freaks and Geeks alum to brave a career in Hollywood without juicing from the steroids of the Judd Apatow Comedy Complex. [HR]

Warner Digging Ditch: Warner Bros. has picked up The Ditch, a sci-fi action spec from music-video producer Sascha Penn (Dave Chappelle’s Block Party). Story is set in the future, where one of Jupiter’s moons has become a maximum-security prison for Earth’s most dangerous criminals. When a prison guard’s family is taken hostage, he must help a terrorist escape. We’re left wondering why anyone would bother spending millions of dollars to set this on another planet in the future, but that’s why nobody’s paying us to be studio execs. [Variety]

Seth McFarlane Will Continue Making ‘Family Guy’ Until Our Children’s Children Walk the Earth