Netflix is turning to Greek mythology for its next anime series.
The streaming giant is pushing heavily to expand its animation line-up, inking a deal with three Japanese studios this week to produce, and continue producing, a range of shows, including a spin-off from its live-action hit Altered Carbon.
Now, it’s teaming up with Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Castlevania, for Gods & Heroes.
The anime series, based on Greek mythology, is created by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (Death Note, Immortals).
“In Gods & Heroes, we wanted to tell a wholly original story set in the beloved world of Greek mythology,” they said in a statement. “We are thankful for such an amazing cast and for such great creative partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation, who continue to push the envelope and expand the anime genre in a manner we had only dreamed of.”
“The traditions of global mythology and folklore are fertile ground for anime projects, and we are excited to explore the epic settings and characters of Greek mythology in our new series Gods & Heroes,” added John Derderian, Netflix’s director of anime. “Charley and Vlas have an outstanding track record of telling gripping stories set in fantastical worlds, and we are thrilled to bring their unique vision for the Gods of Mount Olympus to Netflix members around the world.”
It joins other animated projects such as a new string of commissions based on the work of Roald Dahl, a new Transformers origin story and a World War II-set show, as well as Matt Groening’s Disenchantment, a Godzilla reboot, Aggretsuko, The Seven Deadly Sins, and cult classic Neon Genesis Evangelion, which the streaming giant recently acquired.
Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Gods & Heroes. Here’s the poster to set the suitably epic mood: