The Terminator franchise is going ANIME!
Variety reports that Netflix has ordered a “Terminator” animated series. Netflix is partnering with Skydance (Terminator Genisys, Terminator: Dark Fate) and animation studio Production I.G to give Terminator a fresh start in the anime style.
“’Terminator’ is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created–and has only grown more relevant to our world over time,” said John Derderian, Netflix’s vice president of Japan and anime. “The new animated series will explore this universe in a way that has never been done before. We can’t wait for fans to experience this amazing new chapter in the epic battle between machines and humans.” source Variety
While the project is still in the early stages, Mattson Tomlin is attached as showrunner and executive producer. Tomlin is a writer on “The Batman” film.
“Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart,” Tomlin said. “I’m honored that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach ‘Terminator’ in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts.” source Variety
The Terminators are assassins created by Skynet to eliminate humans. The first two Terminator movies were directed by James Cameron, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To date there are six Terminator films and one Terminator TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
This isn’t just any animated series. This is a series from Production I.G world renowned Japanese animation studio — Ghost in the Shell (1995), Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997), and Kill Bill Vol.1 Chapter 3 – The Origin of O-Ren (2003) to name just a few of their credits. Hand drawn traditional animation is still alive and well in Japan. Since 2018, Netflix has had a production deal with Production I.G.
Animation is a hit at Netflix with Castlevania, and Blood of Zeus. There’s also plans for a Splinter Cell series from Derek Kolstad, and Army of the Dead animated spinoff from Zack Snyder on the way.
A Terminator series from Production I.G sounds like a PERFECT fit for Netflix to revive the Terminator franchise in a new medium.