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.”

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