Television & Film

Netflix Unveils Plans for Spanish Series, Including Anime and Superheroes

Netflix has announced five new series to launch in Spain for 2020, including an anime series and a superhero comedy. The announcement came ahead of the network’s appearance at the Berlin Film Festival with their first movie in competition, Elisa & Marcela.

“At Netflix, we want to produce local stories with a global appeal, and Spain has constantly generated amazing television both for Spain and the world,” said VP Spanish originals Francisco Ramos. “This new crop of projects, all different from each other and with very strong and top-of-the-class storytellers, will create narratives that will resonate with viewers everywhere.”

El Vecino will follow the exploits of Javier (Quim Gutiérrez), a young man who struggles with work and romance are complicated when he gets powers from a dying alien. With the help of his friend José, Javier starts to learn how to use his powers for good. But at the same time, he has to deal with unemployment and a girlfriend who decides to investigate the mysterious new hero named Titan. Clara Lago, Catalina Spelana and Adrián Pino co-star.

The 10-episode series is based on the graphic novels by Santiago García and Pepo Pérez and published by Astiberri. The adaptation is written by Miguel Esteban and Raúl Navarro, to be directed by Nacho Vigalondo.

Memorias De Idhún will be an anime-style series based on the fantasy novel trilogy by Laura Gallego Directed by Maite Ruiz de Austri and produced by Pilar Blasco and Alexis Barroso at Endemol Shine’s Zeppelin shingle, the story takes place in the land of Idhun and is a tale of astrology, an evil necromancer, and a battle for freedom. Gallego will co-write the screenplay with Andrés Carrión.

Ramos said, “This is a meaningful investment in the Spanish market and we are looking forward to continue expanding, not only with series but also movies, documentaries, unscripted, and to heavily support the vision of the amazing voices that offer unique stories and premium quality entertainment to our close to 140 million members, in Spain and across the world.”



Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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