The production company Legendary Entertainment revealed on Thursday that it would release the Pacific Rim anime series in 2020 on Netflix. The announcement was made at the Project Anime in Los Angeles by Elie Dekel, the company’s executive VP of brand development and consumer products, who confirmed that there was a commitment to making two series of the show. The show will include Craig Kyle from the film Thor Ragnarok and Greg Johnson from X-Men: Evolution. The plot will follow two siblings- a teenage boy and his younger sister, who face having to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a bid to find their missing parents.
Dekel explained: “[It’s] one of the biggest budget anime series I’ve had the pleasure of working on, and I think that speaks to the commitment of Netflix and Legendary [to the medium].”
Legendary Entertainment is working with Tokyo-based Polygon Pictures, which has previously worked on the likes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance, Tron: Uprising, and Transformers Prime among others. Legendary Entertainment holds the rights to Pacific Rim, which has spawned two films: the original directed by Guillermo del Toro in 2013, and a sequel starring John Boyega in 2018.
Netflix originally announced the Pacific Rim anime series at a showcase event in Singapore alongside four other productions including one based in the world of Altered Carbon, the sci-fi series by Netflix, as well as an upcoming second season with Anthony Mackie in the lead. Netflix had said then that the Pacific Rim anime would build upon the story of the first two action movies.