Netflix is scaring up graphic novel series DeadEndia into a 2D-animated series of the same name. Aimed at kids nine to 12, the horror-comedy produced by London-based prodco Blink Industries (The Amazing World of Gumball, Angry Birds on the Run) will premiere globally on Netflix in 2021.
Based on the graphic novels by Hamish Steele, DeadEndia is about a group of kids (and their talking dog) who work at a theme park’s haunted house and battle the supernatural forces that live inside of it. The streamer declined to share the number of episodes in the order, or how long the episodes will be.
The DeadEndia graphic novels feature a diverse group of characters, including a transgender teen and a neurodiverse character (a variation in the brain that affects sociability and learning, like Autism).
Before starting DeadEndia, Blink Industries worked with British kidsnet CBeebies on a new live-action puppet miniseries called Teddles that launched last year. It also teamed up with Finland’s Rovio Entertainment to produce live-action series Angry Birds on the Run, and has worked with Cartoon Network on projects including The Grumpy King and a puppet-style take on The Amazing World of Gumball.
This isn’t Netflix’s first time turning to comics. In 2017, it purchased publisher Millarworld to create films and kids shows based on existing comic book franchises.
Other kidcos are also jumping on the comic bandwagon, including French broadcaster M6, which recently announced two new kids series based on comic books. Imagine Kids & Family and Lion Forge Animation are also working together on an animated series based on Lion Forge’s Puerto Rico Strong comics.