2016 is looking to be another big year for Netflix. Rumor has it that the second season of their sensational Daredevil series will premiere against Zack Snyder‘s anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the streaming service is also set to premiere Luke Cage, the company’s latest Marvel project, and Judd Apatow‘s Love. That’s not even bringing up the upcoming fourth season of House of Cards, and the anticipated premieres of films such as David Michod‘s War Machine and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. There’s more on the horizon, and today brought news, from THR, that Netflix has expanded its film and television deal with DreamWorks Animation.
The deal looks to include further episodes of The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Dinotrux, amongst other animated series; the streaming service recently premiered Dawn of the Croods, an extension of the DreamWorks Animation film The Croods, which was released last year. The more fascinating element of the expanded deal, however, are the two new series that will be produced under the DreamWorks banner for Netflix. First and foremost, there’s Trollhunters, which follows two young kids who discover a world of trolls under their town, which will be overseen by the great Guillermo del Toro, who had an excellent 2015 with the release of the undervalued Crimson Peak. The deal will also include a “reimagining” of the beloved Voltron series, which focuses on titanic robots who battle in a futuristic world.
The deal looks to be a lead-up to the release of Kung Fu Panda 3, which premieres in theaters nationwide later this month. These releases will hopefully give a boost to DreamWorks Animation in 2016, as 2015 saw a slew of problems for the company – lay-offs and the shuttering of their Northern California operations. Mind you, their latest film, Home, landed at 14th place on the domestic box-office list for 2015. We’ll have to see about Kung Fu Panda 3, but a new project from del Toro has the possibility to snag both children and adult audiences for Netflix, which could give DreamWorks Animation the shot in the arm they’re looking for.