Voltron Reboot, New Animated Show From Del Toro Coming to Netflix

Netflix and Dreamworks plan slate of new animated series.

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Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro is to produce a new animated show for Netflix. It is to be part of a deal between the streaming giant and DreamWorks Animation, which will also see a reimagining of the '80s cartoon series Voltron.

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In a statement, Netflix confirmed that the deal would result in several new series for the channel in 2016 and beyond. The Del Toro show is to be entitled Trollhunters and will feature a "new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown."

The original Voltron was a Japanese-American co-production that ran for three reasons between 1984 and 1986. The show was created from two Japanese shows--Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV--with new dialogue and storylines created for the American market. It proved hugely popular, spawning spin-offs shows, comic books, and video games.

Dreamworks has already produced shows such as The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, and Dragons: Race to the Edge for Netflix. The new deal also includes streaming rights to DreamWorks' animated feature films.

In October last year, Del Toro expressed his frustration at the cancellation of Silent Hills, the much-anticipated collaboration with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. "Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I've seen in games that came after, like The Last of Us, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction," he told horror site Bloody Disgusting. "When you ask about how things operate, that makes no f**king sense at all that that game is not happening. Makes no f**king sense at all."

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