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Development: Netflix falls for The One; Apple wants to make movies; Mermaids are real…scary

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Nov 15, 2018, 8:15 PM EST

Netflix is showing no signs of slowing its commitment to original genre programming, rolling out two new series — one sci-fi, one animated — that bolster an already robust roster of geeky goodness at the streaming giant.

Development on a 10-episode first season of a new sci-fi series called The One is in the works, Netflix announced today. Based on the eponymous sci-fi novel by John Marrs, The One takes place literally “five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with,” according to the reveal.

The premise essentially takes the selective application of DNA matching out of the present-day parenting process and applies it instead to the realm of romance, where “a hair sample is all it takes” to find your perfect match. No casting or premiere date info for The One has been revealed yet, but Netflix revealed that Howard Overman (Misfits) is the series’ creative mastermind.

And on the animation front, Netflix is planning a new series that makes use of an innovative new technology to merge the world of CGI with live action.

The Liberator, a four-part animated miniseries set in the throes of World War II, is heading to the service from Die Hard writer Jeb Stuart and A+E Studios, according to Deadline.

According to the report, the series will blend human performances with CGI animation via “a new enhanced hybrid animation technology called Trioscope,” affording detail-rich visuals in the service of capturing “the human emotion and drama of the serious subject matter.”

Based on the book of the same name by Alex Kershaw, The Liberator will follow the true-life story of Felix Sparks and the ethnically diverse 157th Infantry Regiment, who spent 500 days together near the war’s end, through the liberation at Dachau. No premiere date has been set for the miniseries, so stay tuned.

With several TV series already well underway for its upcoming streaming platform, Apple reportedly is turning its attention to movies in a big way via a new partnership with boutique film studio A24.

In its biggest push yet into feature-length films, Apple and A24 have agreed to join forces to produce an undisclosed number of new movies over the next several years, Deadline reports.

A24 is relatively new and relatively small, but its successes have been many, including the well-received, Alex Garland-directed sci-fi horror hit Ex Machina (2015). It’s also the studio behind critical horror favorites Hereditary (2018) and The Witch (2015), as well as offbeat creepy tales like Kevin Smith’s Tusk (2014) and It Comes at Night (2017).

We’re still waiting for Apple to reveal more details about its streaming platform, which analysts anticipate sometime next year.

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

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Finally, Variety reports that mermaids are about to get a whole lot scarier in a new adaptation of Rolling in the Deep, a 2015 novel by Miranda Grant that puts the mythic seas creatures in a far more proactive, antagonistic role than they’re conventionally portrayed.

Mary Lambert (Pet Semetary) reportedly will direct the new movie, which is being adapted from the novel by Sean Hood (Halloween: Resurrection, Conan the Barbarian) for Branded Pictures Entertainment.

Lambert told Variety the story appealed to her because it gives mermaids a chance to be something other than passive players on the big screen. “I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career,” she said. “Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.”

No word yet on a release date for Rolling in the Deep, but we'll keep you posted.