It’s been announced that the Terminator franchise is being revived for yet another new entry. This time, however, the project won’t be another live-action film. Rather, Terminator is being relaunched as an anime series by both Skydance and Netflix. It’s been revealed that Mattson Tomlin, co-writer of the upcoming film The Batman, will be both showrunner and executive producer for the new show. The series will also be co-produced by Production I.G, the company responsible for Netflix anime shows Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and B: The Beginning.
According to the report which was shared by THR:
“Netflix and Skydance, the company that holds the rights to the long-running sci-fi franchise, have teamed up to produce an animated series based on the James Cameron-created killer robot from the future movie series.”
They also shared a statement from Mattson Tomlin, who said the following:
“Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart,” he revealed. “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.”
Meanwhile, Netflix’s VP of Japan and anime, John Derderian, had the following statement:
“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.”
This is some interesting news for sure. The science-fiction franchise has never quite seen a success as big as Terminator 2: Judgement Day ever since that film was released in 1991. As such, various attempts at relaunching the property have been made in the past. One can only hope that this new anime series sticks with fans, and that it does justice to the Terminator name.