In a not-so-distant future where Disney removes their catalog from the streaming service giant and more and more studios begin to pull away from their content deals, Netflix is slowly gaining the upper hand. While we all are still attempting to recover from 2018, Netflix is building their reputation as a must-see TV streaming service for high anticipated originals.
While Netflix already has audiences on the edge of their seat with the return of Stranger Things, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the service looks to nab new fans and build their base with a whole new slew of shows and movies. This year, the budgets are bigger, the stars are shinier and the buzz is deafening.
Take a look at a few 2019 offers hoping to get you stoked for the new year:
Carmen Sandiego (Jan. 18)
Based on the classic vidgame that taught a generation of youngins both how to use their computer AND geography, Netflix gives the trench coat-wearing femme fatale a modern makeover with this new kiddie series.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Targeting Gen-Xers who loved the original and looking to traumatize their own spawn with a new batch of Skeksis, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel set before Jen left his home with the Mystics. With a voice cast featuring Helena Bonham Carter, Andy Samberg, Taron Egerton, Natalie Dormer, Mark Hamill, Simon Pegg, and Keegan-Michael Key (just to name a few), Netflix looks to continue the legacy of Jim Henson in an all new direction.
Dolemite is My Name
He’s so bad… he kicks his own ass twice a day.
Eddie Murphy preps for a comeback with this perf as Rudy Ray Moore, the funnyman turned blaxploitation star who made a name for himself in 1975’s Dolemite. Co-starring Wesley Snipes, T.I., and Keegan Michael Key (again!), this biopic aims to launch Murphy back into stardom and taking a deep dive into a cinematic legend.
Can you dig it?
The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock offers a crime drama following the two Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) who took down bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Co-starring Kathy Bates, pic offers a new take on the classic caper.
Martin Scorsese helms this Netflix juggernaut starring Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, the man who is supposedly responsible for the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino. If the presence of De Niro and Pacino are not enough for ya, the all-star cast also includes Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano.
If that isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what else to tell you. You have no soul.
Based on the graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold, Mads Mikkelsen stars a retired assassin who is forced back into the biz. Directed by Lords of Chaos helmer Jonas Åkerlund and co-starring Vanessa Hudgens and Matt Lucas, expect lots of uber violence in the cold, dark landscape set by the comic.
Gillian Anderson returns to the small screen with this turn as a sex therapist and mother to an outcast teen (Asa Butterfield). The Brit comedy follows an inexperienced kid as he attempts to set up a sexual therapy program in his school.
Netflix pulls out the big guns with this actioner.
The Deadpool brain trust of Ryan Reynolds and scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick team up with helmer Michael Bay to create an action pic. So far, both the cast and the platform are on the downlow regarding the plot, but you can probably count on a few explosions and the occasional snarky comment from its star.
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal star in this thriller about a group of thieves with a plan to rob a dangerous drug cartel. Helmed by J.C. Chandor, pic is set to debut both on Netflix and in theaters.
The Umbrella Academy
Marvel Studios’ on Netflix might be a thing of the past in the near future, but the streaming service continues to find ways to keep the superhero genre alive and well for the platform. And adapting Gabriel Bá and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy is a step in the right direction. Ellen Page leads the cast as the Dark Horse comic explores a dysfunctional family of superheroes. Showrunner Steve Blackman of Legion brings his talents to the superhero series.
Reuniting Nightstalker team Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and helmer Dan Gilroy, this thriller is among the mega-rich characters who make up the Los Angeles art scene. Toni Collette and John Malkovich add their considerable talents to the pic, which will make its preem at Sundance later this month.
Based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, Henry Cavill goes full Legolas with his take on monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. Described as an “an epic tale of fate and family,” the series will start with eight episodes in the first season.