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The series will be a collection of 18 animated short stories that span the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres. Monday’s announcement promises characters such as “sentient dairy products, werewolf soldiers” and “robots gone wild.”
The production will presumably involve Miller’s short form animation company Blur Studio, though animation styles will vary from traditional 2D to photoreal CG, and each of the planned 18 stories will be created by a different team of animated filmmakers from around the world.
“Love, Death & Robots is my dream project,” says Miller, who will exec produce with Fincher, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen. “It combines my love of animation and amazing stories. Midnight movies, comics, books and magazines of fantastic fiction have inspired me for decades, but they were relegated to the fringe culture of geeks and nerds of which I was a part. I’m so fucking excited that the creative landscape has finally changed enough for adult-themed animation to become part of a larger cultural conversation.”
Fincher’s collaborations with Netflix have included Mindhunter and House of Cards.
Miller is set to direct an upcoming untitled Terminator sequel.
The news comes as Netflix continues to make a big push for animation, having recently launched its own internal studio to produce the physical animation in-house (in a massive cost-saving move). Netflix’s animated slate includes the upcoming Tuca and Bertie, Hoops and Carmen Sandiego; as well as hits BoJack Horseman, Disjointed and Big Mouth.
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