Netflix announced Jan 5 the expansion of their current multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation making the platform the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series from the studio. The deal also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library.
As Variety notes, Beginning this year, Netflix will launch several new DWA-produced series, including a reimagining of the Voltron franchise, and “Trollhunters,” shepherded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro:
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original series. “It’s with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally.”
The deal includes new seasons of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux and Dragons: Race to the Edge as well as the development and production of series based on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio. A DreamWorks spokesperson said that the company’s television production commitments now total more than 1600 episodes across both linear and SVOD platforms.
DreamWorks acquired Classic Media’s library (which contained Voltron) in 2012, and the following year CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told the press the company had big plans to reinvent Voltron.
First aired in 1984, Voltron — an English dub of the Japanese anime Beast King GoLion — followed the adventures of five pilots who commanded individual robotic lions that form one giant machine, Voltron. A hit in the ‘80s, the franchise proved unpopular with generation Z; the 2011 sequel series Voltron Force was cancelled after two season on Nickelodeon.
Relativity Media announced in 2011 that they had optioned the rights for a feature film based on Voltron, but the complications revolving around World Events Productions, the company which currently owns the Voltron property, have prevented the production of the movie.