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'Skull Island' and 'Tomb Raider' Universes are Expanding at Netflix with Two All New Anime Series

'Skull Island' and 'Tomb Raider' Universes are Expanding at Netflix with Two All New Anime Series

-- From Legendary Television & Inspired By Legendary’s Skull Island and Square Enix’s Iconic Video Game Franchise -- 

Netflix and Legendary Television announce two new anime series, the first based on Legendary’s Skull Island and the second on Square Enix’s Tomb Raider global franchise. Netflix and Legendary Television are also currently in production on the previously announced anime series Pacific Rim: The Black. 

Skull Island

Logline: A new chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise, Skull Island is a thrilling animated adventure series that follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth—a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong.

Executive Producers: Brian Duffield (Underwater, The Babysitter), who will write and executive produce, and Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants.

Animation Studio: Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania, Blood of Zeus)  

About the franchise: Bigger than any single monster, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world that is under siege by a catastrophic new reality - the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning in 2014 with Godzilla, continuing with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Monsterverse films have accumulated over one billion dollars at the box office internationally, and in March 2021, comes the next epic chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Tomb Raider 

Logline: Lara Croft, one of the video game world’s most iconic adventurers, makes her anime debut in an all new series. Picking up after the events of the highly successful Tomb Raider video-game reboot trilogy, the animated series will chart the globetrotting heroine’s latest, greatest adventure. Twenty-five years after her first game appeared, Lara continues to explore new territory.  

Executive Producers: Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Red Sonja), who will write and executive produce; dj2 Entertainment Founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog), Stephan Bugaj and Howard Bliss; Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants.

About the franchise: In the 25 years since its launch, the Tomb Raider video game series has sold over 81 million copies and garnered a treasure chest worth of awards. The game’s success has led to a global franchise encompassing movies, merchandise, comic books and now, a stylish animated series. The most recent game release, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, has received numerous “Best of” nominations and awards. The Tomb Raider video games are developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, and published by Square Enix.

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About Legendary Television 

Legendary Television is a leading global full-service television studio specializing in financing, developing and producing quality genre and character-driven projects for multiple platforms. Championing compelling auteur-driven storytelling featuring renowned talent, Legendary’s Television roster includes: the reboot of the classic family adventure series Lost in Space for Netflix; Carnival Row, a fantasy noir drama starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, for Amazon; and Pacific Rim: The Black, an original anime series expanding the story of the first two live action movies, for Netflix. Upcoming projects include: Dune: The Sisterhood, based on one of the most popular science fiction franchises of all time, for HBO Max; Paper Girls, based on Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel, and Lightyears, a one-hour drama series, for Amazon; and Debris, the sci-fi drama from J.H. Wyman and starring Jonathan Tucker and Riann Steele, for NBC. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.

About dj2 Entertainment 

dj2 Entertainment is a production company specializing in adapting video games as series and features. The company’s first theatrical release, Sonic the Hedgehog, is the highest-grossing videogame-based feature film of all time. Tomb Raider marks the second project announced as a result of Legendary Television and dj2 Entertainment’s current first look deal. Earlier this year, Legendary Television and dj2 Entertainment announced they would be developing a TV-series adaptation of the hit action video game, My Friend Pedro. dj2 is repped by APA and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson. 

About Crystal Dynamics

Crystal Dynamics® has developed and published over 30 award-winning titles during its 28-year adventure. Some of the most beloved franchises include Gex®, Legacy of Kain® and most recently, TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 81 million copies worldwide. With over 30 video game titles released and hundreds of awards, the heroine Lara Croft® has been a cultural icon for over 20 years and has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment. Most recently, Crystal Dynamics expanded its operations by opening Crystal Northwest™ in Bellevue, Washington. For more information on Crystal Dynamics, please visit http://www.crystald.com/, their Twitter account, Facebook page, or their LinkedIn page.About Eidos-MontréalEidos-Montréal™ (a Square Enix® studio) is focused on creating immersive and captivating experiences. For the last decade, the development teams at Eidos-Montréal have orchestrated the successful reboot of the DEUS EX® series (Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided®), released the latest entry in the THIEF® franchise, and have also played a key role in the development of the award-winning TOMB RAIDER® series. For more information on the studio, please visit https://eidosmontreal.com/ and find us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and LinkedIn

About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal®. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 159 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 81 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. More information on Square Enix, Inc.can be found at https://square-enix-games.com

About TOMB RAIDER

The TOMB RAIDER® franchise has sold over 81 million copies worldwide. The franchise’s popularity has exploded into a series of blockbuster films based on the original Tomb Raider game and 2013 reboot. Its protagonist Lara Croft® has been a contemporary global icon for over two decades. The most recent release in the world-famous franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, has received numerous “Best of” nominations and awards and is the remarkable conclusion to Lara Croft’s origin story. All of this continues to make TOMB RAIDER a destination brand for action-adventure.

Sophia Shin

sophias@netflix.com