For a movie franchise built on the catchphrase, “I’ll be back,” the Terminator has had his fair share of returns. In fact, with a total of six movies and a television series thus far, the killer cyborg has truly never left. Now it seems the character is due for yet another comeback as part of a new Terminator anime series.

Netflix and Skydance have announced that they are making a new anime series based on the globally successful sci-fi franchise. It will be the first animated TV adaptation of the franchise. The Batman screenwriter, Mattson Tomlin, will serve as showrunner and executive producer of the new series.

“Anyone who knows my writing knows I believe in taking big swings and going for the heart,” said Tomlin in a media statement. “I’m honoured that Netflix and Skydance have given me the opportunity to approach Terminator in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts.”

John Derderian, Netflix, Vice President of Japan & Anime added, “Terminator is one of the most iconic sci-fi stories ever created — and has only grown more relevant to our world over time. The new animated series will explore this universe in a way that has never been done before. We can’t wait for fans to experience this amazing new chapter in the epic battle between machines and humans.”

From Film To Anime

A still from Pacific Rim: The Black anime series (Image: Netflix)

News of the new Terminator anime series has largely been positive. The franchise, which was started in 1984 with James Cameron effectively made Arnold Schwarzenegger an action star. The film spawned several sequels including the smash hit T2: Judgement Day. However, subsequent films have largely disappointed.

Let’s hope Netflix is able to do the franchise justice with this series. The streaming giant is currently growing its slate of anime projects based on major film franchises. It recently premiered Pacific Rim: The Black, based on the Pacific Rim films.

Also on the cards are anime projects based on Tomb Raider and Skull Island. Netflix will also produce an anime on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. The series will reportedly expand the universe set within the zombie action heist film.

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