Greetings! This year's Summer Game Fest included several announcements from Netflix for some reason, but I'm not complaining. Netflix lost many subscribers and they need to give viewers an incentive to rejoin. Luckily, they had an impressive showcase with a lot of new content. Today, I'm focusing on brand new shows and movies that are coming to Netflix in the near future.
This sci-fi mystery doesn't have a release date yet, but it's supposed to debut in Fall of 2022. The show takes place on an ocean liner at the end of the 19th Century. Eerie circumstances take place, causing the passengers and crew to become really paranoid. I'm pretty sure the story takes place in the Bermuda Triangle because it's foreshadowed at the end of the trailer. I suppose we'll see who survives when the show drops.
This vampire romance looks like a guilty pleasure. I was a big fan of vampire shows like True Blood, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries. First Kill definitely seems to be pulling ideas from those shows. I think it will also draw a lot of attention from teen crowds and the LGBTQ community. Basically, the show is about two high school students who enter a forbidden relationship. One 0f the students is a vampire and the other one comes from a family of vampire slayers. Let the drama commence! By the way, First Kill was released a few days ago, so check it out.
Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
We could use more horror anthologies. Del Toro has a unique and macabre imagination that should bring some interesting creatures to life in this new show. Cabinet of Curiosities doesn't have a release date, but Netflix is keeping it on their 2022 schedule. I could imagine a release window around Halloween. Knowing Del Toro's work, this anthology will probably be super weird and creepy.
The Midnight Club
This teen horror show had a really short teaser. I'm getting some vibes from the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? series. A group of terminally ill teenagers live together in a mysterious facility. Eventually, one of the teenagers dies and strange occurrences happen throughout the building. Mike Flanagan is the show runner and I enjoy a lot of his work, including The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. This particular show appears to be targeting a younger audience, which is different than Flanagan's usual viewers.
I'm not sure if the world is ready for a live action version of One Piece, but we're getting it anyway. Honestly, I'm not sure how Netflix will handle this show because everything is larger than life in the anime. It could be a challenging transition to live action formatting. At the moment, it seems like the crew is building the set pieces and the entire cast was hired. I doubt we're seeing this show until some time next year. Consider me both skeptical and curious.
Can Netflix get Resident Evil right? I'll be frank. Netflix had a really detailed trailer and I don't feel super optimistic. This series features an original story about Albert Wesker and his daughters. I don't think it will contain a lot of material or characters from the video games. Even if it's underwhelming, I'm sure Resident Evil will have decent entertainment value with a number of monsters and violent death scenes. Good or bad, it's releasing on Julty 14th, 2022.
This comic book adaptation looks like the most interesting title from the showcase. The Sandman is a very dark, complex, and abstract comic book series. Some people believe it's unadaptable for television. I'm not willing to go that far, but it will probably be a challenging task that will change many elements from the comics. The show had a new trailer, but it was pretty vague. Fortunately, The Sandman is coming really soon on August 5th, 2022. Keep your expectations in check. It will be hard to please the hardcore comic book fandom and streaming shows will always be different than the source material.
Netflix didn't give many details about this spinoff from The Adams Family. I've never been a fan of The Adams Family, but Wednesday was definitely my favorite character from the original series and movies. She has a really dry and dark sense of humor. Is this show targeting kids or adults? I couldn't tell you because the teaser doesn't give the audience many elements. Apparently, this show is coming to Netflix in late 2022. Granted, that's barring delays.
Netflix gave a few details about a vampire comedy, titled Day Shift. It stars Jamie Foxx as a man who maintains work by cleaning pools during the day and slaying vampires at night. Visual details were limited, but the film is coming out on August 12th, 2022. Hopefully, it will be entertaining and humorous instead of dumb. You never know with comedies.
This military action film is already available for viewing. Truthfully, I haven't watched Interceptor yet, but it looks like a typical action movie on Netflix. That means it's probably high on spectacle and low on substance with a reasonable runtime. I can live with that.
The Gray Man
The showcase had a lengthy trailer and interview with the Russo brothers. I have mixed thoughts about this action movie because it definitely seems stylized enough, but the casting is kind of weird. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans were in plenty of action films, yet they seem out of place in the current footage. Maybe everything will come together upon a full viewing. I guess we'll see how it turns on July 22nd, 2022.
The School for Good and Evil
Netflix provided a lengthy interview and a trailer for The School of Good and Evil, which is a fantasy movie that’s probably geared toward kids and teens. It has a generous amount of CGI, production design, and elaborate costumes. This film also has pretty big name talent, such as Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington. The premise seems to include a Hogwarts style school that trains youngsters to become fantasy heroes and villains. It looks pretty entertaining, especially for viewers who enjoy spectacle.
This unusual sci-fi movie stars Chris Hemsworth as a scientist who’s conducting unethical research on a handful of test subjects. You can watch the trailer now, although plot details are pretty weird and vague. I don’t know if this film has comedy, horror elements, or whatever. It just looks unconventional and Netflix isn’t giving away too many story points. That’s fine because we can all experience the full story on June 17th, 2022.
In the end, Netflix is giving us a generous amount of new content during the next several months. I don’t know if they can maintain this momentum with declining subscriptions, but we can enjoy thir bounty while it lasts. Truthfully, I feel pretty skeptical about some of these releases, but anything can happen for better or worse. Are you looking forward to any of these shows or movies? Did you drop Netflix in favor of another streaming service? Tell me about it in the comment section.
Next week, I’m covering major details from the Xbox and Bethesda showcase along with various announcements from the Summer Game Fest. There’s a huge number of games coming to audiences in 2022 and 2023. It sounds like the gaming drought is ending relatively soon. Take care of yourselves and come back again next week. See you later!
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