Tiny Island Productions has joined forces with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) to develop a Chinese version of the Singapore-based studio’s sci-fi series Dream Defenders.
The partnership will see SMG’s content distribution arm, WingsMedia, develop the series with Tiny Island by incorporating Chinese mythology and new characters into the re-imagined CGI series.
Distributed by DreamWorks, the original Dream Defenders follows 14-year-old twins who are tasked with protecting the real world from nightmarish monsters after a magical portal is accidentally unlocked.
To date, the series has been sold into 80 countries worldwide, including the US, where it recently made its Amazon Prime debut. US platforms Hulu, Discovery Family and Kabillion have also acquired the series. Internationally, Dream Defenders has aired in Europe on Planeta Junior and Super RTL, as well as in 19 Asian countries on DreamWorks TV.
In addition to the new Chinese Dream Defenders, Tiny Island and SMG will collaborate on WingsMedia’s sci-fi reality TV show Starship MZ, which SMG plans to expand into the Chinese equivalent of the Marvel Universe franchise. The show’s first season, Starship MZ: 2049, launched successfully in China last year.
Tiny Island also hopes to develop both a Chinese movie adaptation and comics version of Dream Defenders, as well introduce China to its recently launched Dream Defenders VR app.