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But with new Netflix originals cropping up every week, which are worth your time to watch? One way to find out is to simply ask Netflix’s content boss, Ted Sarandos.
At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York last week, Sarandos was asked to list a few big Netflix releases that subscribers should get excited for in the next year.
Sarandos listed five originals to keep an eye out for. The first one to come out will be “Bright” starring Will Smith (December 22), which Sarandos described as Netflix’s “first big original film” and a studio-level theatrical tentpole.
“Bright” is a cop thriller set in a world that’s similar to ours in time period but contains fantasy creatures like orcs and elves.
Here are the five Netflix originals Sarandos said you should be excited for in 2018:
“Bright” — December 22, 2017
In “Bright,” a human LAPD officer (Will Smith) and his orc partner (Joel Edgerton) “stumble on a powerful object and become embroiled in a prophesied turf war,” according to Netflix’s description of the show.
The film is directed by David Ayers (“Suicide Squad”), and its script was written by Max Landis (“Chronicle”).
The budget for “Bright” has been reported to be $90 million.
“Altered Carbon” — February 2, 2018
“Altered Carbon” is a Netflix original TV adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s acclaimed 2oo2 sci-fi novel, “Carbon.” The series is set to premiere its first 10-episode season in February.
As Entertainment Weekly notes, “Carbon” takes place 300 years in the future, where human consciousness is stored on digital implants, and technological advances allow the uber-rich to continually upgrade their bodies in an effort to live forever.
The drama series was reportedly a passion project for its creator, Laeta Kalogridis, who optioned the novel “Carbon” shortly after its release 15 years ago. The pilot episode of the series was directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for directing the “Game of Thrones” episode “Battle of the Bastards” in 2016.
Netflix released a cryptic teaser trailer for the show last week.
“Lost In Space” (Reboot) — May 2018
In 2016, Netflix ordered a 10-episode, modernized reboot of the cult-classic CBS series, “Lost In Space” – a comedy-drama which followed the exploits of the Robinson family as they dealt with being stranded on an alien planet.
Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content, described the Netflix series with the following statement to Deadline when it was first announced:
“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.”
In January, one of the remake’s stars, Toby Stephens, described the Netflix show as “a lot more modern” take on the 1960s series. Stephens added that the remake has attempted to retain the “humor and humanity” of the original.
“Lost in Space” concluded production in June 2017 and is set for a May 2018 release.
“Maniac” — 2018
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In 2018, Netflix will release a ten-episode season of the anticipated dark-comedy series “Maniac.”
“Maniac” stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as two patients in a mental institution, and the series reportedly “revolves around the fantasy worlds” of their characters.
Based on a 2014 Norwegian series, Netflix’s “Maniac” is directed by Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”) and written by Patrick Somerville (“The Leftovers”).
Justin Theroux, the star of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” will also have a recurring role in the series.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” — 2019
Netflix’s upcoming series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” is a prequel to the 1982 children’s fantasy film “The Dark Crystal,” which was directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, of “The Muppets” fame.
The series will reportedly feature “state-of-the-art” animatronic creatures that were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the special effects company Henson founded in 1979.
According to Deadline, the series will have a ten-episode first season that takes place decades before the original film.
It is executive produced and directed by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”).