Sci Fi TV Development: Netflix is Developing Altered Carbon, Ghost in the Shell, and More Anime, Disney+ Doing What If? Series, and More

By | March 15, 2019

This past week has brought a slew of development announcements including word that a new Orphan Black series is in the works (more on that at this link) and multiple new Anime series are on the way from Netflix. Here is a rundown of the news I have tracked thus far.

Netflix is developing Anime series Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Network: Netflix

Credits: Anima (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “This anime feature spin-off, set in the same universe of the Netflix live-action sci-fi series (second season in production from Skydance Television), will explore new elements of the story mythology.” Netflix

Comments: This is a spin-off from the live-action Altered Carbon series that debuted on Netflix in 2018.

Netflix has Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 in the works

Network: Netflix

Credits: Production I.G, Inc (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Created by Masamune Shiro, the sequel of much acclaimed Ghost In the Shell SAC series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following ULTRAMAN (streaming 1 April on Netflix). This is the first Ghost In the Shell series to be brought to fans with a double director.” Netflix

Comments: This sequel to Ghost in the Shell is targeting a 2020 release.

Netflix is developing an animated series based on Mark Millar’s Supercrooks

Network: Netflix

Credits: Mark Millar (Creator / Executive Producer), Bones (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Originally published in 2012, Supercrooks is a four-issue miniseries that follows Johnny Bolt as he leads a team of retired super-powered thieves through a heist in Spain.”

Comments: This is another production that is part of Netflix’s arrangement with Mark Millar’s Millarworld and joins upcoming projects Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus. The streaming service will likely be targeting a 2020 debut.

Netflix is developing the mythology based Anime Gods & Heroes

Network: Netflix

Credits: Vlas Parlapanides (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer), Charley Parlapanides (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer)

Starring: Jason O’Mara, Mamie Gummer, Chris Diamantopoulos, Claudia Christian

Description: “The series chronicles the illegitimate son of Zeus, a young man tasked with saving heaven and earth despite the interference of a vengeful goddess and her monstrous forces.” Deadline

Comments: Netflix will be targeting a late-2019 / early-2020 debut for this one.

What If? animated series headed to Disney+

Network: Disney+

Credits: Kevin Feige (Executive Producer), Marvel Studios (Studio)


Description: “Like the comics, this animated anthology series will provide stories that explore how the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have unfolded if key moments in its history had not occurred as they did in recognized canon.” SlashFilm

Comments: This show is in the early stages of production and will likely debut at some point in 2020.

Netflix is working on an Anime series based on the RPG Dragon’s Dogma

Network: Netflix

Credits: Sublimation (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from Capcom will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series. The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. An action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans. Netflix

Comments: The streaming service will likely be targeting a late-2019 / early-2020 release for this one.

Netflix to do an Anime adaptation of the manga series SPRIGGAN

Network: Netflix

Credits: David Production Inc. (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Netflix original anime based on classic manga by Hiroshi Takashige, illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa. Edgy sci-fi battle action about a man with supernatural powers to seal historical remains.” Netflix

Comments: The streaming service will likely be targeting a late-2019 / early-2020 release for this one.

Amazon / Skybound Entertainment are developing the sci fi series Port of Earth

Network: Amazon

Credits: Zack Kaplan (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer), Marc Silvestri (Executive Producer), Matt Hawkins (Executive Producer), Skybound Entertainment (Production Company)

Starring: TBA

Description: “The gritty sci-fi series Port of Earth tells the story of an alien alliance called The Consortium that has come to Earth with a business proposition: open Earth as a spaceport for our customers to use and receive advanced technology upgrades in exchange. When rogue aliens break the Port restrictions and wreak havoc in different cities, however, the terms of the deal begin to change. Soon it is up to the Earth Security Agents to send them back to the Port of Earth. With The Consortium representing thousands of alien planets the series delves into political issues of exploitation, occupation, espionage, duplicity, technology and leverage, all in a gritty sci-fi setting.” Deadline

Comments: This is based on the Top Cow comic of the same name written by Zack Kaplan and drawn by Andrea Mutti.

Original Anime Vampire in the Garden on the way from Netflix

Network: Netflix

Credits: WIT Studio (Animation Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “An original series by WIT STUDIO on two girls Momo and Fine from different backgrounds who meet by chance. A story about an unlikely friendship between human and vampire race that intertwines with the power or music.” Netflix

Comments: This one will likely hit the streaming service at some point in 2020.

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