Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Team Up to Resurrect ‘Voltron’ and Bring a New Guillermo del Toro Series to Life
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’re a parent with a Netflix subscription, chances are strong that you’re already intimately familiar with DreamWorks Animation‘s contributions to the streaming giant. If you have no spawn of your own, track down and ask the youngest person in your life capable of enjoying animated entertainment and receive an earful. While you were binge-watching Making a Murderer and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, these kids were taking in hours of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, All Hail King Julien, and other shows based on the studio’s lucrative film properties.
Speaking of lucrative, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have decided to continue putting money in each other’s pockets. The two companies have extended their distribution deal, giving Netflix global (excluding China) rights to several upcoming new shows. The original 2013 deal was the biggest in Netflix’s history, so obviously things went exactly as planned.
So what’s next for DreamWorks’ continuing streaming venture? How about a new Voltron series and a new show created by Guillermo del Toro?
For many of you ’80s kids, the mere mention of Voltron is going to make you venture into the kid-friendly corner of Netflix to indulge your nostalgic whims. Perhaps best remembered as a direct competitor for Transformers, the original cartoon series (and its toy line, of course) followed the gigantic robot Voltron and the space adventurers who piloted him throughout space, battling evil and defending the Earth from the forces of evil. Hollywood has been threatening to make a live-action Voltron movie for some time now, but rights issues have kept any potential film adaptation on the back burner for years. That’s probably for the best. Voltron belongs to the kids, not adults who’ll want to see this goofy premise grim-n-gritty’d up.
However, the slightly more intriguing news here is that DreamWorks is is backing a project from Guillermo del Toro, the legit genius behind Pan’s Labyrinth, the Hellboy movies, and last year’s massively underrated Crimson Peak. This new show is called Trollhunters and it takes place in “a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” Considering the title, this startling discovery will presumably involve trolls. And later, trollhunting.
This series appears to have no connection to Trollhunter, the Norwegian faux doc horror movie about a group of film students following a government employed hunter tasked with keeping the secret troll population under control. An American remake has been in development hell for a long time now (Chris Columbus was involved at one point) and the fact that this new series is getting away with using that title suggests that a English-language version may be dead.
And because we know nothing about del Toro’s series, here’s a clip from Trollhunter. Trollhunter is awesome.
No release date for Volton and Trollhunters has been revealed, but both are expected to debut in 2016.Cool Posts From Around the Web: