It’s a day ending in the letter ‘y’ so it must be time for Netflix to announce another animated series based on a videogame! This time it is Sonic who is getting a new series, Sonic Prime, which will launch in 2022.
Yes, it's true! SEGA’s legendary video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog will star in a new 3D animated series from @SEGA, @WildBrainStudio and @ManOfActionEnt premiering on Netflix in 2022. pic.twitter.com/ydJto8c8i8
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 1, 2021
- The 24-episode animated adventure for kids, families, and long-time fans draws upon the keystones of the brand and features the “Blue Blur” of video game fame in a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands. Sonic’s adventure is about more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption.
- The series will be animated at WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, and SEGA and WildBrain will jointly participate across production, distribution and licensing. Man of Action Entertainment, creators of Ben 10 and the characters and team in the Academy Award-winning feature Big Hero 6, have been brought on as showrunners and Executive Producers for the series.
Netflix announced a new Tomb Raider anime series last week, with a plot that will follow on from the end of the current rebooted video game trilogy. The series will be created by Legendary, the people behind the upcoming Godzilla Vs. Kong.
There’s also The Witcher: Blood Origin, a live action Resident Evil series, a Cuphead animated series, a live action movie based on The Division, and a Beyond Good and Evil animated movie all in production for the streaming service.
The most iconic heroine in video games is jumping to animation! Tomb Raider is a new anime series from @Legendary following Lara Croft after the events of the video-game reboot trilogy.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 27, 2021
A sequel to the recent Tomb Raider movie was set to release on March 19th 2021 but that looks highly unlikely now, although there has been no announcement of a new date. Alicia Vikander is back as Lara but director Roar Uthaug – who is an actual director and not a character in Skyrim – has been dumped in favour of Ben Wheatley.
Dragons Dogma and Castlevania are already available as animated series on Netflix and they will also be joined by Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, a CG anime series expected to launch in 2021. . Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness instead will be similar in execution to the the latest Dragon’s Dogma series, though with more CG than hand drawn animations. You can watch the teaser trailer for Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness below.
Alongside that, Ubisoft are teaming up with Netflix for multiple projects based on Assassin’s Creed. The main live-action show to be joined by an animated and an anime adaptation of the franchise, Netflix are currently looking for some showrunners to manage these, but Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will be executive producers.