Looks like the upcoming Sabrina reboot won't be on the CW network after all. The studio which is responsible for developing the series won't be airing it on their networks with the news that Sabrina the Teenage Witch will now land on Netflix. This somewhat makes sense seeing as Netflix and CW already have an established exclusivity deal as well as the fact that a horror series will get away with more on the streaming giant. The show is said to be partially inspired by the CW's dark take on the Archie comics, Riverdale, and was meant to be a companion series but it now sounds like the show will operate its own dark universe. To be frank, I can't wait to see what they do with this series and I really hope they go all out!
While Neoyokio was certainly not the most well reviewed Netflix series, it looks like the streaming giant has no plans of stopping when it comes to producing new original anime. Netflix announced that they are looking to produce 30 new anime series with a massive 8 billion dollar investment also going towards 80 new films. Hopefully Netflix will seek out stronger animation studios for their new original content and produce some true classics in their ever growing catalog.
Willem Dafoe stated that he felt he "didn't feel the need," to research the role of Ryuuk and I honestly believe no one, with the exception of Lakeith Standfield's L, even attempted to do this franchise any justice. After the first half an hour of Death Note, the movie had deviated so heavily from the source material that I felt at best I should abandon all hope of it ever veering back on course. With that said, I was laughing enough to actually question if I was truly enjoying the film. Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff is different in just about every single way from his inspiration Light Yagami. A lot less menacing or cunning and a lot less to care about. Death Note is a film that sort of happens without any real mystery except for a small "how did he do it," towards the end, which leads up to one of the most unsatisfying endings I've seen in any films this year. Mia Sutton, the would be major character, hardly gets the character development she should have received by the time you reach the big twist, you care more about the fact that the movie hasn't ended yet that you do about her character. However, she was also one of the more entertaining parts of the film, along with a surprising L, that at least managed to capture a lot of the mannerisms of the popular anime character. The biggest issue that is presented with Death Note which comes at the end of summer 17 and was another highly anticipated white washed movie is the message it sends to Hollywood. There is absolutely no reason that the entire cast could not have been played by Japanese actors, still set in Seattle, with the exact series of events occurring. In fact, the hysteria of people watching bad films for the sake of seeing how bad they are does more harm than good. It allows the perpetual cycle of these films occurring over and over again. Since we have no actual clue as to whether Death Note was a massive weekend hit for Netflix, we just have to hope that the formula will eventually be scrapped, and some respect will be shown to these beloved characters and franchises.
While the Defenders is all anyone can talk about on Netflix, the streaming service will be rounding out the summer with the controversially Americanized take on Death Note. The film that seems to have followed a series of heavily criticized films for white washing (The Great wall, Ghost in the Shell, Iron Fist), has been met with fair reviews thus far after being pre-screened for critics. While the directors do not comprehend the issue of the casting, the original creators have given the "adaptation" some praise, describing the characters as "faithful to satisfying their desires. Regardless of how the film does on the platform, it's still another in a very long series of films that have taken away the opportunities for Asian American actors and has been an on going conversation in Hollywood for a majority of 2017. We will just have to wait and see how the adaptation plans out when its released Friday August 25th.
A classic anime series is making its return to Netflix. As revealed by Cinematoday, Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya will be a CG remake of the original late 80's series. The popular anime ran for three years and over an impressive 100 episodes. You can take a look at the teaser poster below. As of now, the series has no official return date but we do know the first season will span 12 episodes and will debut soon.
Netflix's best series won't be back until October but the full trailer for the second season of Stranger Things is down right incredible! Take a look at the Thriller trailer below and get ready for the series to return October 27th.
The Defenders series is just under a month from its highly anticipated debut and the second trailer for the series sees our favorite heroes and all their players matched up with a formidable foe. The central villain will be played by Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, the mysterious leader of an ancient organization. The trailer also shows Karen Page, Foggy Nelson, Colleen Wing, the return of Elektra and plenty of other recognizable faces from the other Netflix series. The trailer is bringing some heavy action and is set to hit the streaming service on August 18th, 2017. Take a look at the exciting new trailer below and get ready for the ultimate hero mash up!
While I have nothing personally against Finn Jones or the Cast of Marvel's Iron Fist series, it's easily the worst of the comic book-to-streaming series, and arguably one of the worst on Netflix. Iron Fist was massively panned by critics for it's slow and dry story, lacking a lot of action and any sort of rooting character interest. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on if your liked the series, Iron Fist will be returning for another solo adventure (Presumably to find out what the hell happened to K'un-Lun). The good news it that Danny Rand's second foray will be operating in a post-defenders world, meaning that we could possibly see the inclusion of some of the other Marvel heroes that will be featured in August's series. Hopefully the series sets up Rand for some sort of compelling story arc. We can also hope that Marvel has listened to its fan base and will actually do a better job of developing the series, including supporting character Colleen Wing, who quickly became a fan favorite. A renewal isn't surprising considering how it absolutely crushed the ratings but Marvel cant be betting on a massive returning audience for a solo series after the reviews were so poor.
Netflix's Okja is the latest victim in their on going battle with same day theater releases. The filmed helmed by the director of Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-Ho, was originally going to be released on the streaming service and in theaters in Korea on June 28th. The largest Korean theater chains, Lotte, Megabox, and CJ CGV have now banned the film from screening entirely, which is a major impact to the box office revenue for the film, considering those three companies control 93% of the countries theaters. This isn't Netflix's first run in with this issue. Last February, AMC and many IMAX screen refused to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, which was ultimately met with low review scores and a low box office gross, most of which came from China. While Okja will be available on Netflix June 28th, movie theater chains are still sending a clear message that they have no interest releasing a film to theaters and streaming services the same day. You can take a look at the trailer below and get excited for this heart warming monster movie.
2017 has not been a great year for the on going conversation of the controversy surrounding Hollywood whitewashing. Last falls Doctor Strange controversy, Matt Damon's commercial failure, The Great wall, Netflix's critically panned Iron Fist series, as well the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson, have all been part of a long list of westernization and cultural appropriation in Hollywood and Netflix's upcoming live action adaption has already been met with immediate backlash after it's teaser trailer was released. In the live action Death Note, due out in August, highschool student Light Yagami has now become Seattle resident Light Turner, played by Nat Wolfe while Atlanta and Get Out star, Lakeith Standfield, is set to play L. While it was obvious Netflix aimed at taking some creative liberties, the changes (as indicated from the teaser) are a bit alarming. It's more of transposing the mythology of the famed manga series to a student in Seattle. Either way, it's an important conversation worth having. Death Note is due out of Netflix August 25th, 2017.