Netflix has been absolutely inundated with original anime series as of late, and a new partnership with production company Legendary Entertainment will add two more. Two series based onÂ Kong: Skull IslandÂ and the recent video game reboot trilogy of Tomb Raider will hit the streaming service at some point in the future.
Skull IslandÂ was the second film in Legendaryâ€™s â€œMonsterverseâ€� series after the 2014 reboot of Godzilla. It showed off a bigger King Kong than ever before, sized up to fightÂ the big G inÂ Godzilla vs Kong, which lands in theaters and on HBO Max next month. Godzilla already has a sizeable (sorry) presence in Netflixâ€™s roster, thanks to anime movieÂ Godzilla: Planet of the MonstersÂ and two sequel films produced by Toho Animation.
Because the animated Godzilla movies are set in the far future and not produced by Legendary, it seems unlikely that theyâ€™d get a similar universe with King Kong â€¦ though this new Kong series is explicitly set in the same â€œMonsterverseâ€� as the live-action movie. It will be produced by Powerhouse Animation, whoâ€™ve done an awesome job on other Netflix anime projects like Castlevania and Blood of Zeus.
Tomb Raiderâ€˜s recent games have been met with high acclaim, and they were good enough to form the basis of a reboot film in 2018 (unrelated to Legendary Pictures). The anime series will pick up the story after the conclusion ofÂ Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Newcomer production studioÂ Tractor Pants will deliver the series, with Tasha Hui ofÂ The Witcher: Blood Origin in writing and executive producer roles.
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