Netflix have announced that it will be producing two new animated series, one based on Kong: Skull Island, and another based on explorer Lara Croft, heroine of Square Enix‘s successful video game franchise Tomb Raider. Both will be produced in collaboration with Legendary Entertainment.
Netflix announced it on Twitter on January 27, tweeting “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”.
As Netflix says in its announcement, the new Japanese-style animated series Tomb Raider will follow the events of the latest video game trilogy, to be released between 2013 and 2018.
For its part, the animated Skull Island series will follow a crew stranded on a desert island who must escape the prehistoric monsters that inhabit it, including King Kong.
Skull Island will be written by Brian Duffield, screenwriter of the films Underwater and The Babysitter. The script for the Tomb Raider series will be written by Tasha Huo.
The arrival of Skull Island and Tomb Raider in Netflix’s growing anime catalogue confirms its desire to produce more anime. Indeed, the company has stated that more than 100 million households worldwide watched at least one anime title on the platform between October 2019 and September 2020. This makes it a very lucrative business for Netflix.
The announcement of the Tomb Raider anime series follows the announcement of the sequel to the film Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander. Misha Green, from Lovecraft Country, will make her directorial debut with a sequel to Tomb Raider.
Read more about the film Tomb Raider in our article here.