Netflix and Skydance are programming a new anime series based on the globally successful Terminator franchise — the infamous android’s first TV animation adaptation. 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.
“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,” said showrunner and executive producer Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, The Batman).
John Derderian, Netflix’ s VP of Japan & Anime, said, “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.”
“I asked my long-time friend and colleague Mamoru Oshii [director of Ghost in the Shell] 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,” Production I.G President & CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa revealed. “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!”
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic cyborg assassin, director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd’s 1984 sci-fi actioner The Terminator launched a multi-billion-dollar franchise that encompasses six feature films — most recently 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate — novels, comics and series, including the VFX Emmy and VES Award-nominated The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Machinima’s CG webtoon Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series (2009).