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'Terminator Universe' Is Expanding At Netflix In An All-New Anime Series


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Netflix and Skydance announce a new anime series based on the globally successful Terminator franchise, the first animated TV adaptation of the franchise.

The series is produced in partnership with Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, B: The Beginning) who Netflix has a Production Line Deal with since 2018.

Showrunner/Executive Producer: Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, The Batman)

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Mattson Tomlin: "Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart. 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."

John Derderian, Netflix, Vice President of Japan & Anime: "Terminator is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created--and has only grown more relevant to our world over time. 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."

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, President and CEO of Production I.G: "I asked my long-time friend and colleague Mamoru Oshii what he thought about the idea of turning Terminator into an animated series. His response was "Ishikawa, are you out of your mind?" At that instant, I was confident we should get onboard. As huge fans, our team at Production I.G is putting their heart and souls into creating this series. We hope fans will enjoy it!"

 

 

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Well no coincidence we got Sky(dance)Net(flix) working on a new terminator XD..  Terminator hasnt really been good for a long time now.. hope they get better. Maybe this is a good step.

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12 hours ago, Lord_Scareglow said:

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seems like every franchise is getting a chance at a new series on a streaming service, let terminator get a crack at it.

Wanna see that liquid metal dealing damage then getting its ass kicked by Arnold S again. Making me happier I subscribed to Netflix. how I only wish #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague will air on it , too, and all DC stuff for that matter. 

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The much-anticipated Terminator anime series has finally received an official announcement teaser from Netflix. Titled Terminator: The Anime Series, the show is created by writer/showrunner Mattson Tomlin, directed by Masashi Kudo, and animated by Production IG. The eight-episode series, executive produced by Skydance, revolves around the conflict between mankind and the self-aware Artificial Intelligence called Skynet.

Terminator: The Anime Series reads as follows: “2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity … Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.”

 

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11 hours ago, MagnaPrime said:

I don't know this franchise has that, stop kicking him he's already dead" feel for me.

After T2, each successive movie felt more and more like a case of diminishing returns. Almost felt like the last movie was thought of as a joke.

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The last movie had a few issues, but I really liked it a lot better. It was a huge improvement over the previous two movies that came before it. Anyway, this isn't a movie, and while there's only been one Terminator spin-off series-The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was obviously live action and not anime-it was probably the best Terminator anything made after T2. Did the franchise have to keep going after 1991? No. Will Hollywood ever leave this alone? Also no.

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17 hours ago, Satam said:

The last movie had a few issues, but I really liked it a lot better. It was a huge improvement over the previous two movies that came before it. Anyway, this isn't a movie, and while there's only been one Terminator spin-off series-The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which was obviously live action and not anime-it was probably the best Terminator anything made after T2. Did the franchise have to keep going after 1991? No. Will Hollywood ever leave this alone? Also no.

I agree with this statement on all fronts!

I will say this though, if there is one thing that anime as a whole excels at, it is tech/robot/AI type stuff. Having an anime spin on the Terminator may not be a bad thing- so long as the character designs don't have crazy Goku hair and they avoid strange anime humor...

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Netflix released the First Look images for Terminator Zero, premiering globally on August 29, 2024.

The anime hails from Japanese animation studio Production IG (Ghost in the Shell). The eight-episode series will be part of the Terminator universe but will center around new characters. It will be the first-ever iteration of the franchise to be animated.

2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity.

Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet's impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.

Terminator Zero consists of a total of 8 episodes, which are set to be released on August 29, 2024. The show is led by showrunner, executive producer, and writer Mattson Tomlin, known for his work on "Project Power" and "The Batman II." The executive producers of the series are Skydance, including David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger. The director of Terminator Zero is Masashi Kudo, and the animation studio responsible for bringing the series to life is Production IG.

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It has been revealed at the Next on Netflix: Animation event in Los Angeles, as reported by Deadline, that Timothy Olyphant has been cast as the voice of The Terminator in the highly anticipated animated series Terminator Zero.

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Netflix has recently disclosed further updates regarding the voice cast of Terminator Zero, following the initial announcement of Timothy Olyphant as the lead voice of the Terminator. Kokoro, an advanced AI created by Japan, will be portrayed by Rosario Dawson. If activated, Kokoro will possess the same capabilities as Skynet. Ann Dowd will assume the role of The Prophet, serving as the philosophical mentor for the human resistance, guiding survivors through the uncertainties of the forthcoming dark era.

Additionally, André Holland will join the cast as Malcolm Lee, a brilliant computer programmer and a father of three who is tormented by prophetic nightmares of a catastrophic future. Sonoya Mizuno will lend her voice to Eiko, a resistance fighter sent back in time to prevent Malcolm from launching Kokoro.

 

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Netflix released the teaser trailer for TERMINATOR ZERO, premiering globally on JUDGMENT DAY August 29, 2024.

The teaser trailer debuts Sonoya Mizuno (House of the Dragon) as the voice of "Eiko," the resistance fighter sent back in time to stop Skynet's impending attack on humanity. Additional voice cast includes Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet) as Terminator, André Holland (Moonlight) as Malcolm Lee, Rosario Dawson (Ahsoka) as Koroko, and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale) as The Prophet.

Created and executive produced by Mattson Tomlin and executive produced by Skydance Animation by Production IG Studios, the eight-episode series will be part of the Terminator universe but will center around new characters.

ABOUT TERMINATOR ZERO

2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity.

Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet's impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.

Episodes: 8

Release Date: August 29, 2024

Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer: Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, The Batman II)

Executive Producers: Skydance (David Ellison, Dana Goldberg & Don Granger)

Voice Cast: Timothy Olyphant (Terminator), André Holland (Malcolm Lee), Rosario Dawson (Eiko), Ann Dowd (The Prophet), Sonoya Mizuno (Kokoro)

Director: Masashi Kudo

Animation Studio: Production IG

 

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