Cancelled Animated Series Due to Stolen NFT Character

The power of blockchain via the popular NFT is about to make it into an animated series. Or at least it was. Seth Green of Robot Chicken fame, has been developing a new animated series based on an NFT character but his NFTs were stolen.

The upcoming project is named White Horse Tavern and it’s based on a BoredApe NFT by the name of  Fred Simian. Recently Twitter ha been blowing up with news of a transaction gone wrong regarding the NFT. White Horse Tavern is now on hold as Green technically no longer owns the rights to the character. It is believed to be the result of a phishing scam.

“I bought that ape in July 2021, and have spent the last several months developing and exploiting the IP to make it into the star of this show. Then days before — his name is Fred by the way — days before he’s set to make his world debut, he’s literally kidnapped.”

Seth Green’s NFT collection was compromised in May as part of a phishing scam. A scammer stole four of Green’s NFTs, using a phishing scam lead to the ownership rights being transferred. 

One of the NFTs (MutantApes) was in the process of being traded for around $42,000. BoredApe, the star of the upcoming animated series was purchased by a user named DarkWing84 for a whopping $200,000.

Seth Green’s animated show follows this synopsis:

“What if your friendly neighborhood bartender was Bored Ape Yacht Club #8398?” It looks as though the answer to that extremely specific question will have to wait.”

With the way that NFTs work, the likeness and usage rights to #8398, or Fred Simian, belong to the new owner or owners. Because of this the animated show would violate the copyright of the current rights owner. 

The idea of basing an animated show or movie around an blockchain and NFT is amazing. While Green’s story is troubling the technology could open the doors for many to take a part in animation production.