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Netflix is showing no signs of slowing down, especially in its push for sci-fi fare.
The streaming giant has handed out straight-to-series orders for three dramas: Kate Bosworth’s The I-Land; IDW’s’ October Faction and Manga hit Warrior Nun. The three series join a rapidly growing sci-fi slate at Netflix that includes recent series pickups for secret society entry The Order, martial arts-themed Wu Assassins, IDW favorite Locke & Key, V Wars and Katee Sackhoff space drama Another Life.
Lost-like drama The I-Land, which Bosworth will star in and produce, is described as a sci-fi adventure series. When 10 people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home. They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves — or die as their worst ones. Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) and Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, Endless Love) star opposite Bosworth in the seven-episode drama from writer, director and showrunner Neil LaBute (Billy & Billie, Van Helsing). Lucy Teitler (Mr. Robot) is also attached as a writer on the Nomadic Pictures Entertainment series with fellow co-exec producer Jonathan Scarfe (Van Helsing) also attached to direct. Chad Oakes (Fargo) and Mike Frislev (Van Helsing, Wu Assassins) exec produce. The drama is the first TV series Bosworth will produce via her NONA banner.
October Faction becomes the third Netflix series based on an IDW property. The 10-episode drama, based on the comic series of the same name, revolves around globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children Geoff and Viv. As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and the heroes quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems. Casting has not yet begun on the High Park Entertainment and IDW Entertainment series. The latter company will distribute the series worldwide (excluding Canada). Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow, Krypton) created the series and will exec produce and serve as showrunner. Kindler, Megan Follows (Reign), Mina Shum, David Frazee and Director X (Superfly) are on board as helmers on the 10-episode drama. James Thorpe, Steve Niles, Thomas Walden and Eric Birnberg exec produce. George Strayton and Melissa Blake (Sleepy Hollow) co-exec produce. John Calvert and Mohamad El Masri produce.
Warrior Nun, picked up for 10 episodes, is inspired by the manga novels created by Ben Dunn. The drama revolves around a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back. She discovers she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her.
Simon Barry (Ghost Wars, Continuum) will serve as writer, exec producer and showrunner. Amy Berg (Counterpart) will consult Terri Hughes Burton (The 100) will co-exec produce, while Stephen Hegyes (White Noise) is an exec producer.
The pickups arrive as a recent study from Ampere Analysis found that Netflix, which already has a content budget of more than $8 billion, is expected to double down on sci-fi and comedy series. The study, released Tuesday, found that Netflix has more than 250 new series pickups planned — with that tally expected to more than double the 229 originals currently in the streaming giant’s catalog as it faces increased competition from Apple, Facebook, Disney’s forthcoming SVOD service and other recent upstarts including DC Universe.
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