Netflix and Ubisoft Film & Television are expanding their relationship, with the streamer ordering a “Far Cry” adult anime series as well as ordering the adult anime series “Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix.”
The “Far Cry” series is based on the first-person shooter game franchise of the same name, with each game revolving around the main character working against a fearsome dictator that controls a particular island or isolated region. The first game was released in 2004 and has sold more than 60 million units to date. “Far Cry 6,” featuring Giancarlo Esposito as the main antagonist, due to be released in October.
The creative team for the series is still being assembled, but it will be produced by Ubisoft’s Hélène Juguet, Hugo Revon, and Gérard Guillemot.
“Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix” has been given a six episode order. The series, itself based on “Far Cry 3” expansion “Blood Dragon,” is an original anime featuring alter egos of Ubisoft characters in a highly-referenced homage to the early 80s. It was first announced as being in development in 2019 but no network or streaming service was attached at the time.
Adi Shankar is the creator and executive producer with Juguet, Revon, and Guillemot once again producing. Bobbypills is the production studio.
Finally, new details have emerged about the “Splinter Cell” anime series that Variety exclusively reported was set up at Netflix last year. The eight-episode first season hails from creator and executive producer Derek Kolstad of “John Wick” fame, with Juguet, Revon, and Guillemot producing. Sun Creature and Fost are the production studios.
The story follows former U.S. Navy SEAL Sam Fisher after he is recruited by the NSA to work for the mysterious Third Echelon division within the agency. The game sees Fisher engage in a number of black ops missions, employing stealth and military tactics.
“Adult animation is one of the most powerful ways to pay tribute to the culture and community of gaming,” said Juguet, managing director of Ubisoft Film & Television – Paris. “It is truly inspiring to partner with creative talents such as Adi Shankar and Derek Kolstad to re-imagine our worlds for Netflix.”
Netflix and Ubisoft are not just working on animation together. It was announced back in October that the two companies have teamed on a live-action “Assassin’s Creed” series. In the games, players explore the war between the rival secret orders of the Assassins and the Templars as they use advanced machines to access the genetic memories of Assassins in different periods of the past to track down powerful artifacts called Pieces of Eden.