Crunchyroll associates with Green Door Pictures d’Idris Elba to develop the sci-fi animated thriller Dantai (working title) even as the global anime brand has just crossed the threshold of 4 million subscribers worldwide.
Crunchyroll announces agreement with Idris and Sabrina Elba, in collaboration with Green Door Pictures of Idris et Pink Towel Pictures by Sabrina, to develop Dantai (working title), a dark fantasy animated series. Idris and Sabrina Elba will be the executive producers. Crunchyroll also announces that the service crossed the milestone of four million subscribers in January, just six months after having crossed the threshold of three million subscribers. It also has more than 100 million registered users.
“For over 10 years, Crunchyroll has been at the forefront of popularizing adult animation, through anime and anime-inspired Originals. We are quickly becoming the epicenter for the next generation of animation fans, as evidenced by the incredible growth in our number of registered users and subscribers ”, said Joanne Waage, Managing Director of Crunchyroll. “Generations Y and Z are tired of superheroes and are hungry for new stories and new ideas like the ones our creators come up with. This development agreement with Sabrina and Idris Elba is another example of how we work with the best partners to attract new audiences and to tell refreshing and compelling stories through a medium that transcends genres and generations. ”
Currently in development, the sci-fi series will be set in a city where the rise of biotechnology has created a growing divide between the haves and have-nots. Two rising stars on either side of this divide collide in a tale that will ultimately explore equality and kinship within a corrupt society.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Idris and Sabrina to develop this anime-inspired sci-fi saga”, Explain Sarah Victor, Director of Development at Crunchyroll. “It is a privilege to work with such talented and creative partners, and we look forward to bringing this exciting project to life.”
The Elba declared: “We’re really excited to announce this deal for our first anime. We’re both fans of the genre and see it as a huge opportunity to create something unique for a major player like Crunchyroll. The story of “Dantai” is our first collaboration as producers and it is close to our hearts. ”