Activision Announces First Netflix Show, Metallica Singer Has a Part

Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks, as well as Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Norm McDonald, and Susan Sarandon also have parts in the show.


Activision today announced that its entertainment division has reached a deal with streaming juggernaut Netflix for its Skylanders show, Skylanders Academy.

This program was announced in November 2015, but at the time, Activision did not say where the show would air. Skylanders Academy will debut this fall.

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As announced previously, its showrunner is Eric Rogers, who wrote for Fox's Futurama. Justin Long (Dodgeball) voices Spyro, while Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks portrays Eruptor. Funny guy Norm McDonald plays Glumshanks, while High School Musical's Ashley Tisdale voices Stealth Elf. Activision's press release today also mentions that Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, and even Metallica's James Hetfield have roles, though they are unspecified.

Here is the official description for Skylanders Academy: "The series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes with unique elemental skills and personalities who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers and showing the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the 'Skylander way.'"

The first image from Skylanders Academy
The first image from Skylanders Academy

Leading Activision Blizzard Studios is Nick van Dyk, who formerly worked at Disney for more than nine years as its senior vice president.

Activision Blizzard Studios is also working on Call of Duty movies. There are fewer details available about these, however. Activision has only said that it is creating a "robust cinematic universe" for multiple movies, which could hit theaters (or digital channels) in 2018 or 2019.

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