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Terminator Zero Anime Coming to Netflix in August

Terminator Zero, an anime series that takes place in the Terminator universe, will launch on Netflix on August 29.

Production I.G and Skydance Animation teamed up to work on this, with Masashi Kudo in the director’s seat for Production I.G. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger, all of Skydance, are working as executive producers. The showrunner, executive producer and writer is Mattson Tomlin, known for working on Project Power and The Batman II.

Tomlin explained to Entertainment Weekly, “These are all original characters [in Terminator Zero]. We don’t know who anybody is. All of those answers are going to absolutely be revealed — and they’ll be revealed pretty quickly.”

He also shared some of what he’d like to do with the show, remarking, “I knew that I wanted to tell a time-travel story, and I knew I wanted to tell an almost Godfather-like multi-generational saga that would ultimately follow this family with these kids. What I wanted to do, if we get to do multiple seasons, is to see these kids grow up and see who they become.”

The show was originally ordered in 2021. Netflix gave this description for the plot of Terminator Zero:

2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity.

Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.

Source: ANN, Entertainment Weekly


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