15 new Netflix Originals coming in 2018
- Henry Northmore
- 14 December 2017
Brand new series include Altered Carbon, Watership Down, Umbrella Academy, Lost in Space and the return of David Letterman
Netflix are apparently planning on spending a whopping $8 billion on producing their own content in 2018 with ambitious plans to have a library populated with 50% original content by the end of the year. This will include approximately 80 new films and the return of favourites such as Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things (though rumours suggest ST might not be back until 2019) but here we focus on the brand new shows heading to Netflix for 2018.
High concept sci-fi about a future where minds can be downloaded into new bodies (known as sleeves). Therefore the rich can live indefinitely. The first season focuses on an ex-soldier (Joel Kinnaman) attempting to solve the murder of the richest man on earth (James Purefoy).
Out Feb 2.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Netflix tempt the fabulous Coen Brothers in for their first TV project. A western anthology series starring James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly and more.
Dogs of Berlin
Netflix's second German language commission as two detectives attempt to take on the criminal underworld in Berlin.
Animated horror and just the tip of the anime iceberg on Netflix with plans for 30 new series for 2018 that also includes B: The Beginning (2 Mar), Violet Evergarden and Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya.
Out 5 Jan.
90s set high school comedy following the lives of members of the A/V club and the Drama club. Starring Peyton Kennedy and Jahi Winston.
Green Eggs and Ham
Animated series based on Dr Seuss' classic nonsense tale. It runs for 13 episodes so we're guessing it'll also tap a few other tales for inspiration.
The Good Cop
Mismatched buddy cop drama (and we're expecting a few laughs too) as a disgraced former NYPD officer (Tony Danza) teams up with his goodie two shoes son (Josh Groban!).
Relaunch of reality show Queer Eye for The Straight Guy as a new team of gay designers, stylists and experts help restyle, reboot and refresh men and women across America.
Late night TV host David Letterman will be returning to our screens on Netflix. So far details are pretty thin on the ground (we don't even know what it'll be called) but it looks like it will feature hour long interviews rather than the multi-guest talk show format he perfected over 30 years.
Lost in Space
Reboot of the 60s sci-fi serial which finds the Robinson family lost in space (well what were you expecting?). Cast includes Toby Stephens, Molly Parker and Parker Posey as the villainous Dr Smith.
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in this ten-part dark comedy about two patients in a mental institution, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1).
An off-beat superhero team with gothic overtones based on a comic book series written by Gerard Way (of emo punks My Chemical Romance) set in an alternate history where JFK wasn't assassinated.
We've had Nordic noir now it's time for Scandi sci-fi. Set ten years after a virus has killed most of the population, two siblings search for safety led by clues in their father's notebook.
An 80s child star clings to fame as an adult. Samantha! will be the first Brazilian comedy to be produced by Netflix.
The tear-jerking novel and movie gets a new animated adaptation as a group of rabbits head out on a perilous journey. The voice talent includes James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton.