'Pacific Rim' & 'Altered Carbon' Anime Projects Among Netflix's New Slate of Asian Originals


Flying Lotus will compose the music and be an government producer for one of many tasks.

Netflix is furthering its world push. At the corporate's first-ever content material showcase in Asia, the streamer unveiled a set of latest unique collection and movies from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea.

The tasks -- which embody a Pacific Rim anime collection and an Altered Carbon anime characteristic -- be part of 100 new and returning originals throughout eight international locations in Asia by way of 2019, as Netflix will increase its funding in Asian tales and storytellers. Netflix’s first forays into the area included crime thriller Sacred Games (in India), anime collection Devilman Crybaby (in Japan) and selection comedy Busted! (in Korea) this previous yr.

“Asia is house to the world's nice inventive facilities, producing among the most compelling movies and collection of right this moment,” mentioned Ted Sarandos, chief content material officer for Netflix. “The great thing about Netflix is that we are able to take never-seen-before tales from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and simply join them to folks throughout Asia and the world. More than half of Asian content material hours seen on Netflix this yr are seen exterior the area, so we've confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will discover followers of their house international locations and overseas.”

In addition to the brand new tasks, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings introduced the second-season renewal of Kingdom on the finish of the day. The collection, which is able to begin streaming on Jan. 25, follows the mysterious demise of a king and improvement of a wierd plague.

The following tasks had been introduced on the "See What's Next: Asia" occasion, which hosted over 200 media and influencers from 11 international locations throughout Asia.

Anime titles:

Pacific Rim. Returning to the epic battle of Kaiju and Jeagers, this unique anime collection will increase upon the story of the primary two reside motion films and comply with two siblings -- an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve youthful sister -- who're compelled to pilot an deserted Jaeger throughout a hostile panorama in a determined try to seek out their lacking dad and mom. Co-showrunners: Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). Production Company: Legendary Entertainment (Kong: Skull Island; Pokemon: Detective Pikachu).

Altered Carbon. This anime characteristic, set in the identical universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi collection (second season in manufacturing from Skydance Television), will discover new components of the story mythology. Writer: Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and Tsukasa Kondo. Animation Studio: Anima.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage. Set in a post-apocalyptic world the place a mysterious illness “Cagaster” turns folks into large murderous bugs, this manga-based collection follows the battle of a younger couple to remain alive. Directed By Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!). Animation Studio: Gonzo (Hellsing, Afro Samurai).

Yasuke. In a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic, a retired ronin should take up his sword when he's charged with the duty of transporting a mysterious little one who darkish forces wish to remove. Created and directed by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Cannon Busters), who can also be serving as government producer. Grammy nominee Flying Lotus will compose the music and be an government producer on the present. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) would be the voice of the protagonist “Yasuke” (primarily based on the historic samurai of African origin who fought with Oda Nobunaga). Animation Studio: MAPPA (Yuri On Ice, Kakegurui).

Trese. Set in a Manila the place the legendary creatures of Philippine folklore reside in hiding amongst people, Alexandra Trese finds herself going face to face with a legal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. This anime collection is predicated on the Philippine graphic novel by the identical identify, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Executive producer: Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra). Produced by: Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio primarily based in Jakarta and Singapore.

Thai-language originals:

The Stranded: 18-year-old Kraam survives a devastating tsunami together with 36 of his fellow college students at an elite non-public highschool on a distant island within the Andaman Sea. As mysterious occasions begin taking place on the island, it shortly turns into clear that nobody is coming to rescue them and Kraam should lead the scholars to rescue themselves. Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit. Production corporations: GMM Grammy (this would be the first Netflix unique collection for the reason that GMM Grammy multi-title deal) and H2L Media Group. Executive producers: Ekachai Uekrongtham, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Sims, Billy Hines and Christian Durso.

Shimmers: a drama collection about 5 youngsters at an remoted faculty in Northern Thailand. Over a college break, they discover themselves haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, solely to find they're threatened by a way more terrifying thriller. Directors: Wisit Sasanatieng and Sittisiri Mongkolsiri.

Chinese-language originals:

Triad Princess: a Taiwanese unique collection. Growing up within the shadow of her Triad father, Angie craves an impartial lifetime of her personal. Defying her father's needs, she takes on a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a well-known actress at an company, the place she should navigate the unfamiliar world of glitz, glamour and even love. Key forged: Eugenie Liu and Jasper Liu. Director: Neal Wu; manufacturing corporations: MM2 and Goodfilms Workshop.

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.