Netflix targets Horror Sci-Fi audiences with new content

Netflix, the global leader for on-demand streaming recently unveiled new original content for 2016 and 2017. At first glance its evident that Netflix is particularly targeting Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi audiences. Also note that two of its upcoming programs will cater to Anime enthusiasts.

This is not the first time the media streaming giant ventured into the aforementioned genres. The Sci-Fi Drama “Sense8” premiered last years and was met with critical acclaim. The Horror/Thriller series “Hemlock  Grove” premiered on 2013 and ran for three seasons.

These were the only Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi themed original series from Netflix. With the “Hemlock Grove” presently cancelled this leaves “Sense8” as the lone genre specific content. Comedies, Political Dramas, Crime Thrillers and Action Dramas (most notably in affiliation with Marvel Comics) are dominant fixtures on Netflix original series rotation.

Netflix is about to restructure their original content library to feature more Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi and Anime content. The company has plans to offer high profile projects with some notable names attached. The content slated release are expected to be developed and/or distributed with the 2016 calendar year. In recent announcements Netflix offered a glimpse of the upcoming new original content. Here’s a summary on what we’re to expect in the months to come.

“Gypsy”

Scheduled to premiere in 2017 is a ten episodic psychological Thriller written by Lisa Rubin who’ll serve as executive producer along with Liza Chasin. “Gypsy” will center on:

Jean Holloway – a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

Forecast for 2017 release

“Voltron”

Dreamworks Animation and Netflix finalized a multi year deal. Manifesting from the newly cemented agreement would be a modernization to the animation series “Voltron”. For those young enough to remember “Voltron” was a popular Japanese based anime that ran during the mid-eighties. The series centered on a group of five young astronauts, each piloting a robot lion, when combined would form a towering defender called “Voltron”.

Forecast for 2016 release

“Trollhunters”

From acclaimed Writer and director Guillermo del Toro comes “Trollhunters”. The upcoming series will also be an animation medium and will be an adaptation to  Guillermo del Toro’s young adult horror book by the same name. The synopsis to “Trollhunters” reads as follows:

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named “Tubby” who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn’t know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

Forecast for 2016 release

“Black Mirror”

This British based anthology series premiered on 2011 and ran for two seasons with the second installation airing on 2011.  A “Black Mirror” holiday special aired last December. What makes “Black Mirror” particularity interesting is its blend of Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller with the overall concept centered on futurism and technology. Netflix and series creator Charlie Brooker are rumored to have inked a deal that will feature a third season “Black Mirror” According to Meredith Woerner of latimes.com in her article she stated: 

However, when we reached out to Netflix for comment or confirmation, the company was mum. So, nothing is official.

Forecast Rumored

“MindHunter”

Deadline reported last month on the series adaptation to “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,”. Written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the book centers on John Douglas’ experience working as a serial killer and rapist profiler for the FBI.

Netflix acquired the series with David Fincher serving as executive producer and Charlize Theron collaborating in production.

Forecast:  TBA

 

Read the Official Press Release from Netflix on the company’s upcoming series “Trollhunters”, “Voltron”, and “Gypsy”.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

LA Times

The Hollywood Reporter

Variety

 

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