Netflix lines up 17 made-in-asia originals for next year
a spin-off of the iconic film franchise. A feature film called directed by Leena Yadav will also stream soon.
“Great stories can come from anywhere and right now, they are coming to us from Asia,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, citing the year’s first forays into India originals such as
“We’re removing barriers of language and fixed schedule viewing to tell stories and Asia is a unique piece of that storytelling,” Sarandos said at a Netflix slate event for the region on Thursday, 8 November.
What’s helping the evolution is that mainstream movie stars like Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui—both acted in making the transition to longform television, Sarandos added.
Upcoming Netflix originals
Simran Sethi, director, international originals, India, along with other creative executives pointed out at a panel discussion that when it comes to originals, Netflix is looking for genres and stories that would not find space on the traditional film or television medium.
Netflix, which currently serves a subscriber base of 137 million in 27 different langua- ges around the world, entered the Asian market in early 2016, and Sarandos admitted that the initial library was dependent on licensed content—both Hollywood and local.
Today, the company is focusing aggressively on originals.
Apart from India, Netflix subscribers will soon have a bunch of new offerings from South-east Asia. These include the company’s first Thai productions—shimmers and Two Chinese projects are also underway, a female centric romantic-comedy called
and jailbreak thriller
The company is also keen on expanding its animation content from Japan, which comprises genres as diverse as science fiction and comedy.
There are five projects lined up:
anime series, a spin-off from the Hollywood Afro-samurai series ,an animated version of the Netflix original and dramas and
There are also planned new Korean offerings.
Apart from web shows, Net- flix has a spate of original feature films lined up for release, both American and South Asian. There’s romantic comedies and
shot in Taiwan and the latest take on Mowgli (from
“The third big invention in entertainment after film and television is upon us, in the form of the Internet,” said Netflix founder and chief executive officer Reed Hastings. “We try to share stories and build connections through entertainment, because the stories essentially teach us that all of us, around the world, are pretty much the same.”