EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim is expanding its relationship with Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Black Jesus, Red Tails). The cable network aimed at young adults has signed a first-look development deal with the Peabody award-winning writer/creator. Their first project under the pact will be a live-action/ adventure pilot Hooligan Squad (wt) about an American insurgency in Japanese occupied San Francisco set in the near future. McGruder will exec produce along with LEG’s Norman Aladjem, and R&G Production’s Steven Tzirlin also executive producing.

“With The Boondocksaaron-mcgruder (2) and the upcoming Black Jesus series we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership,” said Mike Lazzo, executive vice president/creative director of Adult Swim.

“It’s a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator,” said McGruder. “Adult Swim is headed to new horizons and I’m happy to be along for the ride.

McGruder’s upcoming live-action comedy Black Jesus will premiere next month on Adult Swim. The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.