BANGKOK – Online streaming platform Netflix announced 17 new Asian original productions – including anime adaptations of “Pacific Rim” and “Altered Carbon” – to boost its expansion in the region at an event in Singapore on Thursday.
The American company also gave a sneak peek of the new season of ‘Narcos’ at the event.
Netflix plans to include productions from South Korea, India, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand which will be added to its catalog of around 100 Asian originals, hoping to take advantage of the success of productions such as the Indian thriller “Sacred Games,” Japanese anime series DEVILMAN crybaby or the Korean comedy “Busted.”
“Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today,” Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, said in a statement.
“More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region, so we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad,” Sarandos said.
The new shows include five anime series, including Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” and the new adaptation of the science fiction series “Altered Carbon,” which was premiered on Netflix this year with its second season already underway.
“Cagaster of an Insect Cage,” “Yasuke” and “Trese” are other anime series in the list.
Netflix is also expected to produce series in Thai language – “The Stranded” and “Shimmers” – and a Taiwanese production in Chinese language named “Triad Princess” is also on the list.
During the event, a clip from the new season of “Narcos” – starring Diego Luna and Michael Peña – was screened.
The season will focus on the origins of the current fight against drug trafficking in Mexico and will be released on Nov. 16.
“Mowgli, Legend of the Jungle” – an adaptation of the novel by Rudyard Kipling, directed by Andy Serkis – was also screened at the event, it set to be launched on Dec. 7 globally on Netflix
The film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others, which the platform will launch on Dec. 7.