Last Wednesday, Netflix laid off 30 of its animation staff. In a new report from The Hollywood ReporterThe broadcasting giant is restructuring its company due to a subscriber decline that began last spring. Netflix lost more than 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter of 2022, which was followed by a massive loss of 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter of the year. There has been a previous layoff of over 70 animation staff and several canceled projects involving Meghan Markle Pearlwhich made the studio’s animation side begin to restructure.
The company is working on opening a Netflix Animation office in Burbank, California to develop upcoming feature animation projects. Netflix Animation is now led by Karen Toliver, Vice President of Animated Content and Traci Balthazor, Vice President of Animated Film Production. The recent layoffs reflect the streaming service’s intent to reorganize their animation company under the duo. Some of the upcoming projects that will be released by Netflix Animation will be Guillermo del Toro PinocchioAnd the sea monstereven a chicken running sequel.
latest Netflix series, hypnotic, which launched at number three on the Nielsen charts but recently made its way to number one on the charts. Previously, while speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Gaiman revealed why he refused to come on board for Sandman’s previous projects.
“I declined to be involved,” Gaiman said of previous edits, most recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt being associated with both the direct and the star. “I refused to write it; I refused to be the executive producer. I don’t because I knew that if I did, I would lose the only power I had, the ability to speak out against a bad Sandman movie. Fortunately, Sandman was too costly for anyone to justify making it.” If you’re trying to make a Sandman movie, the first question is, What do you have to get rid of? Because Sandman, by the time it was finished, was 3,000 pages of comics. So what’s your movie?”
Gaiman went on to recall some bad tweaks that almost happened, including a version of Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary that ended as soon as he pitched it to Warner Bros. bosses. He also spoke of a version of Producer John Peters (from Kevin Smith’s Superman movie with giant spider fame), adding, “There was a version of the script, and I’ll never forget the first line: ‘Aha, mortal idiot! As if your petty weapons could harm me, the great lord of dreams, the hypnotist! And it got worse from there.”
Tom Sturridge leads the all-star cast of the series, who plays the titular character and Lord of Dreams. He stars alongside Gwendolyn Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Asim Choudary as Abel, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Kane, Jenna Coleman as Joanna Constantin, Julie Richardson as Ethel Krebs, David Thewlis as John Dee, Boyd Holbrook In the Corinthian role, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt as the voice of Dreamcatcher Matthew, and as Dream’s siblings, Mason Alexander Park as Desire and Kirby Howell Baptist as Death. The first season of the series is now streaming on Netflix.
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