An animated series “Terminator” has been ordered from Netflix, Variety has learned.
As the project is still in its early stages, plot details are being kept under wraps. Netflix has partnered with Skydance on the series, with Skydance having produced the last two “Terminator” films. The series is produced in partnership with Production IG, with whom Netflix has had a production channel deal since 2018. Production IG’s past anime credits include “Ghost in the Shell”, “B: The Beginning”, and “Eden of the East”. .”
“‘Terminator’ is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created and has only become more relevant to our world over time,” said John Derderian, Netflix’s vice president for Japan. and animates it. “The new anime series will explore this universe in a way that has never been done before. We can’t wait for fans to experience this incredible new chapter in the epic battle between machines and humans.
Mattson Tomlin will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Tomlin recently wrote the Netflix original “Project Power” and worked on the screenplay for Matt Reeves’ upcoming film “The Batman.” He is replaced by CAA, Grandview and Goodman Genow.
“Anyone who knows my writing knows that I believe in taking big swings and going to the heart,” Tomlin said. “I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach ‘Terminator’ in a way that breaks convention, subverts expectations and has real courage.”
The “Terminator” franchise has been hugely successful, with the six films to date grossing over $2 billion worldwide. The most recent entries were “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Terminator: Genisys”. Although the Netflix series is the first animated series in franchise history, it has already been adapted for the small screen. The live-action drama “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” aired on Fox for two seasons starring Lena Headey as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker as John Connor. Summer Glau played the Terminator sent back in time to protect John.
“I asked my longtime friend and colleague Mamoru Oshii what he thought about the idea of turning the ‘Terminator’ into an anime series,” said Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, President and CEO of Production IG. “His response was ‘Ishikawa, did you go out of your mind?’ At that moment, I was convinced that we had to get on board. As huge fans, our Production IG team puts their heart and soul into creating this series. We hope fans enjoy!
The news of the “Terminator” anime series comes as Netflix makes an increased inroads into the anime arena. In addition to several such projects that have already been launched, such as “Castlevania” and “Blood of Zeus”, the streamer also has several more in the works. Among those is a “Splinter Cell” series from “John Wick” writer Derek Kolstad and an animated spin-off from the Zack Snyder Netflix movie “Army of the Dead.”