Netflix may flourish best with its original programming, especially the sci-fi and fantasy shows (e.g. Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, and every Marvel offering). That's why we're excited to hear that the streaming giant has given the green light to three new sci-fi series.
First up is October Faction, which is based on the IDW comic book of the same name (written by Steve Niles). It revolves around two world renowned monster hunters, Fred and Deloris Allen. The two return home to upstate New York with their children after the death of Fred's father. But as they settle into a life of normality, Fred and Deloris must hide their secret monster-hunting identities from their kids, while dealing with the fact that their quiet New York town isn't as peaceful as it might seem.
The first season of October Faction will consist of 10 episodes and be run and executive produced by Krypton alum, Damian Kindler. He will also serve as director, alongside Director X (Superfly), Megan Follows (Reign), Mina Shum (Meditation Park), and David Frazee (Orphan Black).
High Park Entertainment is producing with IDW Entertainment, with the latter also serving as global distributor (except for Canada).
The second new genre series coming to Netflix is The I-Land. Somewhat of a mix between Lost, Predators, and The Hunger Games, the show follows a group of individuals that wake up on a mysterious island with no recollection of who they are or how they got there.
They all set off to find their way back home, but, as the Netflix release tells us, the group "soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves — or die as their worst ones."
Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) plays KC and serves as a producer, Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) plays Chase, and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) is Brody.
Season 1 will consist of seven episodes and be showrun by Neil LaBute (Billy & Billie, Van Helsing). He'll also direct with Jonathan Scarfe (Van Helsing). All episodes are to be penned by Lucy Teitler (Mr. Robot).
The third show is perhaps the most bizarre and the most awesome of the bunch: Warrior Nun. Just the name alone conjures all kinds of crazy images!
Based on Ben Dunn's manga comic, Warrior Nun Areala, the series will follow a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a second chance at life. Thanks to an ancient and powerful artifact now stuck in her back, she joins a secret and selective order of individuals, whose sole duty is to battle demons and other monsters on Earth.
All of that would be fine if she wasn't also being sought after by the forces of both Heaven and Hell. Think of it as a mix of Van Helsing, Priest, and Spawn.
Simon Barry (Ghost Wars, Continuum) is serving as showrunner, writer, and director. Terri Hughes Burton (The 100, Eureka) is co-executive producer and Amy Berg (Counterpart, Da Vinci’s Demons) is a consulting producer.