Thursday, March 14, 2019

Greek Mythology Anime Series ‘Gods and Heroes’ Coming to Netflix From the Animators of ‘Castlevania’

Netflix is continuing to grow its anime collection with a new uniquely international series. Gods and Heroes is an original anime series inspired by Greek mythology that follows a young man who learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus. The series comes from the studio behind Netflix’s hit anime series Castlevania and creators Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the writers of Netflix’s live-action Death Note film. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Gods & Heroes, an original anime series created by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, who will also serve as writers and executive producers. The series will be animated by the Austin, Texas-based Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind two Netflix shows: Castlevania and the upcoming Seis Manos. Per Netflix’s press release, the series “tells the story of a young man who, cast aside by his people, learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus. He alone can save both Heaven and Earth but to do so he must survive the vengeful wrath of a goddess who wants him dead and the monstrous forces of evil she aligns against him.” Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will provide the voice for the main character, and he’ll be joined by Mamie Gummer (True Detective), Derek Phillips (Friday Night Lights), Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley), Jessica Henwick (Luke Cage), Melina Kanakaredes (The Resident), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), and Elias Toufexis (The Expanse). Vlas and Charley Parlapanides said in a statement: “In Gods & Heroes we wanted to tell a wholly original story set in the beloved world of Greek mythology.  We are thankful for such an amazing cast and for such great creative partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation, who continue to push the envelope and expand the anime genre in a manner we had only dreamed of.” The series order comes as Castlevania fans eagerly await its third season. While this may or may not tide them over, Gods & Heroes seems like a suitably ambitious series from Powerhouse Animation, which also released the show’s imposing first poster (below). While the Parlapanides do have the misguided live-action Death Note on their resume, the duo do seem to have a passion for Greek mythology, having penned Tarsem Singh’s 2011 swords-and-sandal epic Immortals. Both of their most well-known efforts have been met with mixed reactions, but perhaps they’ll fare better with an impressively-animated anime series. Gods & Heroes joins Netflix’s every-growing slate of original anime shows, including Castlevania, Devilman Crybaby, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, Baki, Violet Evergarden, B: The Beginning, Aggretsuko, and The Seven Deadly Sins. And it seems like that collection will only grow further, with upcoming titles like Pacific Rim, Altered Carbon, Yasuke, Ghost in the Shell, and Trese all in the works. No release date has yet been set for Gods & Heroes. Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Oscar Isaac shows off his Spanish in Netflix's new film 'Triple Frontier' 

March 12, 2019, 4:51 PM GMT By Associated Press Oscar Isaac says he’s pleased to be making more use of his Spanish in his newest film, ”Triple Frontier.” The Guatemalan-American star of “Star Wars” and “Ex Machina” plays a former special forces operative leading a dangerous heist in South America in this J.C. Chandor directed film, which begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday after a weeklong run in theaters. “I hope to make a whole movie in Spanish,” Isaac said in a recent interview, speaking in a mix of his mother’s tongue and English. He noted this is the most he’s ever spoken Spanish onscreen; his only other bilingual role was 2014′s “A Most Violent Year,” also helmed by Chandor. In “Triple Frontier” his character, Santiago “Pope” Garcia, gathers his old brothers in arms — played by Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal — with the promise of “one last job” that could turn into a major payday. Their plan hinges on taking down an elusive drug lord at his hideaway in a South American jungle and stealing millions with the help of an infiltrator (Yovanna, played by Adria Arjona). It’s the first time they undertake a mission for their own benefit instead of one for their country, and things spiral out of control when their plan takes an unexpected turn. Isaac said that he found Pope interesting because of its contradictions. “He’s definitely someone who’s honorable and believes in the mission that he’s doing,” he said. “He is interested in helping his country but he’s also frustrated because he’s been down there investing a lot of his time and it just seems impossible. He sees an opportunity to take out this very bad drug dealer ... and at the same time an opportunity to get rich, so that’s why he goes and enlists the help of these former soldier friends.” He also liked that the movie sheds light on the difficulties that many veterans face after their service has ended. “I think that’s definitely something that happens not only for the special forces but the military at large,” Isaac said. “People dedicate their life to serving a country and when they get out, you know, they’ve spent a lot of time and blood and sanity in difficult, very traumatic situations, and they’re expected to just suddenly switch and become a civilian. They find it very difficult to get jobs ... and the government doesn’t take enough care of the veterans.” This is the first Netflix movie for Isaac, who considers the ongoing Hollywood debate about streaming versus big screen experience a “definitely important one” but as a parent he appreciates being able to watch good productions from home. “I got to see (‘Triple Frontier’) on a big screen with an incredible sound system and that was really amazing to see, but you know, we are living in a very transitional time,” he said. “I think that regardless of the debate... there’s a lot more opportunities to do different kinds of movies and movies that often wouldn’t get financed theatrically.” His next film will undoubtedly have a big theatrical release. Isaac will be back as Resistance commander Poe Dameron this December in “Star Wars: Episode IX”. “I think it’s going to be a very good ending to the entire Skywalker saga, which has lasted for these nine films. I think that what J.J. (Abrams) and Chris Terrio have done with the script will be incredibly fulfilling,” he said. “You’ll get to learn new things about Poe and about Finn and Rey of course, so I’ll be really excited to share it.” FOLLOW NBC LATINO ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM.

Netflix Orders Greek Mythology Anime Series 

The project, 'Gods & Heroes,' is the latest entry in the streamer's growing animation library. Netflix is adding yet another series to its growing animation roster. The streamer has ordered eight episodes of Gods & Heroes, an anime series based on Greek mythology. The show comes from creator Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (Death Note, Immortals) and Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix's Castlevania. "The traditions of global mythology and folklore are fertile ground for anime projects, and we are excited to explore the epic settings and characters of Greek mythology in our new series Gods & Heroes," said John Derderian, director of anime for Netflix. "Charley and Vlas have an outstanding track record of telling gripping stories set in fantastical worlds, and we are thrilled to bring their unique vision for the Gods of Mount Olympus to Netflix members around the world." Added the creators, "In Gods & Heroes, we wanted to tell a wholly original story set in the beloved world of Greek mythology. We are thankful for such an amazing cast and for such great creative partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation, who continue to push the envelope and expand the anime genre in a manner we had only dreamed of." The order for Gods & Heroes comes on the heels of Netflix making a deal with three Japanese anime production houses for new shows, including one based on the streamer's live-action series Altered Carbon.  Animation has been an area of focus for Netflix (and other streaming services): The company is opening its own in-house studio for animation and has made numerous development deals and series orders in recent months. Among them are a huge agreement with the estate of author Roald Dahl and an overall deal with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch; series orders for a Transformers origin story and a World War II-set show; and a two-season pickup of Matt Groening's Disenchantment.  In addition to Castlevania, Netflix's anime lineup includes Devilman Crybaby, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, Baki, Violet Evergarden, B: The Beginning, Aggretsuko and The Seven Deadly Sins. It's also acquired cult series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Netflix

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