Netflix, Inc. announced that it has closed a deal with Polygon Pictures for the original anime film “Blame!” The online streaming giant will become an exclusive global distributor of Blame!, which will be premiered in 2017 exclusively on Netflix. “Blame!” is an adaptation of popular manga by Japanese artist Tsutomu Niheil.
New Anime Film
Based on a manga created by Tsutomu Nihei that ran from 1997 to 2003, Blame! is set in the distant future where what’s left of the human race resides within the Megastructure, a vast and dangerous labyrinth that has grown wild and out of control. Killy is a strange individual who is on a quest to bring civilization back from the brink of oblivion.
“We’re incredibly delighted to work with Polygon Pictures in bringing the latest Netflix original anime, Blame!, to fans worldwide,” stated David Lee, vice president, international originals at Netflix. “We look forward to bringing the best of original anime to our members and continuing to work with the top creators in the industry.”
Founded in July 1983, Polygon Pictures is a digital animation studio in Japan. President and CEO Shuzo John Shiota said: “We are super excited to be able to deliver the long awaited anime adaptation of Blame! as a Netflix original anime. I’ve seen some initial footage and it is truly groundbreaking, especially in HDR format. I can’t wait for fans around the world to experience this!”
“Blame!” is directed by Hiroyuki Seshita. Netflix is planning to release both the animated film in the high dynamic range (HDR) format.
Netflix Original Content
Netflix, Inc. had 34.5 million international subscribers and 47 million U.S. subscribers at the end of the quarter. The online streaming service expanded to more than more than 130 new countries including India early this year. It has 81 million customers across 190 countries.
The Video Ink reported that Netflix has inked an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution to be the exclusive global streaming home of the FX docu-drama series “American Crime Story.” The drama series is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Moreover, Netflix announced that it will premiere its original documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” on Aug. 19. Directed by Justin Krook, the documentary is about exploring celebrity deejay Steve Aoki’s career, as well as his relationship with his late father Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, the founder of the Benihana restaurant chain, who was also a noted wrestler and powerboat racer, according to the report.
As we reported earlier, the company is getting ready to unveil its latest original series “Stranger Things” this summer. Stranger Things, from newcomer writer/director brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, will have eight episodes.
Recently, the company announced that it will produce an original content for the Indian market. The streaming service’s first production, a crime drama series, is adaptation of the 2006 best-seller “Sacred Games” by Vikram Chandra. It will shot on location in India and produced by Phantom Films, a local production company.
In addition, Netflix, Inc. is looking for ways to enter China. The company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos believes that the company can break into the complex Chinese market without a local partner.