Netflix Announces New Anime Based on Skull Island & Tomb Raider

Skull Island anime
Image: “Kong: Skull Island” movie trailer

Netflix and Legendary Television have teamed up to produce two brand new anime series based on Legendary’s Skull Island movie and the hugely popular Tomb Raider video game franchise, from Square Enix. The Tomb Raider and Skull Island anime will join the previously announced Pacific Rim: The Black anime, which is currently in production.

Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix’s hit series Castlevania and Blood of Zeus, will be the animation studio for the Skull Island anime, which “follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth—a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong.”

Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants, will executive produce, along with Brian Duffield (Underwater, The Babysitter), who will also serve as writer.

Skull Island will be a new chapter in Legendary’s “Monsterverse”, a story universe that presupposes that our myths and monsters are real. Previous entrants in the Monsterverse include the live action films Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). This franchise has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The next film is Godzilla vs. Kong, which comes out in March 2021.

Lara Croft, one of the most iconic video game adventurers of all time, makes her anime debut in an all new series, 25 years after her first game appeared. This anime will be based on the rebooted video game franchise, not the live-action films, and follow Croft’s latest globetrotting adventures.

Tomb Raider will also be produced under Tractor Pants, with Robinson again serving as executive producer. Other executive producers include dj2 Entertainment Founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog), Stephan Bugaj and Howard Bliss, along with Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Red Sonja), who will also serve as writer.

The Tomb Raider video game series, developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal and published by Square Enix, has sold over 81 million copies in the 25 years since its inception and received a multitude of awards. The success of the games led to a global franchise that includes movies, merchandise, comic books, and now this all-new animated series.

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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