Netflix is developing an original anime series based on the Terminator, with famed animation studio Production I.G on board. The new animated series will “approach Terminator in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts,” according to showrunner and executive producer Mattson Tomlin.
The project will be the Terminator franchise’s first foray into animation, following six live-action films and one television series, Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
“Terminator is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created — and has only grown more relevant to our world over time,” John Derderian, vice president of Japan and anime at Neflix, said in a news release. “The new animated series will explore this universe in a way that has never been done before. We can’t wait for fans to experience this amazing new chapter in the epic battle between machines and humans.”
Skydance and Netflix tapped Production I.G, the veteran anime production studio known for its work on series like Ghost in the Shell, Haikyu!!, and Psycho-Pass, to develop Terminator. Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, president and CEO of Production I.G, said in a news release, “I asked my long-time friend and colleague Mamoru Oshii what he thought about the idea of turning Terminator into an animated series. His response was ‘Ishikawa, are you out of your mind?’ At that instant, I was confident we should get onboard. As huge fans, our team at Production I.G is putting their heart and souls into creating this series. We hope fans will enjoy it!”
Tomlin’s credits include writing the stories for Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Netflix’s Project Power, and Capcom’s Mega Man movie. Now he’s tasked with turning the Terminator franchise around after the property’s most recent big failure, the coolly received Terminator: Dark Fate.
Netflix did not announce a release window or title for its Terminator anime.