Netflix continues to make a ton of content announcements every week (which is great!) and we’ve got the latest for you here, including the news that all episodes of Seinfeld are coming to the streaming service.
Netflix also revealed The Circle Season 3 trailer, a look at You vs. Wild: Out Cold, the cast of their Thai cave rescue series, and that it has acquired The Summit of the Gods.
The Seinfeld announcement was accompanied with the following tongue-in-cheek statement: “Netflix will launch 180 episodes of a situational comedy called ‘Seinfeld,’ created by rising New York comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who wrote for Saturday Night Live for a single season.
“The show completed production in May (of 1998) and is slated for release on the Netflix platform in its entirety on October 1, 2021.
“Bookended by Seinfeld’s stand-up material, the 180 episodes of the sitcom explore the minutiae of the comic’s everyday life as he navigates his relationships with a talented ensemble cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll, Family Ties), Michael Richards (UHF, Fridays) and Jason Alexander (Pretty Woman).”
“This is the first time we’ve taken a risk of this nature, going all in on 9 seasons at the jump,” said Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. “But Jerry has created something special with this sitcom that nobody has ever done. I truly think he and Mr. David have enormous futures ahead of them and I’m thrilled Netflix could be the home for them to grow their fanbases.”
“Larry and I are enormously grateful to Netflix for taking this chance on us. It takes a lot of guts to trust two schmucks who literally had zero experience in television when we made this thing,” said Seinfeld. “We really got carried away, I guess. I didn’t realize we made so many of them. Hope to recoup god knows how many millions it must have taken to do. But worth all the work if people like it. Crazy project.”
Seinfeld is a West/Shapiro Production in association with Castle Rock Entertainment. It is executive produced by Larry David, Howard West and George Shapiro. Sony Pictures Television is the global distributor of Seinfeld.
THE CIRCLE SEASON 3
The first four episodes of The Circle Season 3 will launch on September 8. Episodes 5 through 8 will debut on Sept. 15, episodes 9 through 12 on Sept. 22, and the finale on Sept. 29.
Host Michelle Buteau is back as host and the contestants include Ruksana (from NJ), Nick (from Seattle), Calvin (from Miami), Michelle (from South Carolina), Kai (from Nashville), Daniel (from Florida), Ava & Chanel (from Los Angeles), and Matthew (from Long Island).
The Circle is back and season 3 promises more twists and surprises in store. A cast of eight new contestants enter The Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. With $100k on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?
The Circle is produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group. Executive producers for Studio Lambert are Stephen Lambert and Tim Harcourt, with Lauren Hicks, Charlotte Smith, and Sarah Fay. Executive producers for Motion Content Group are Richard Foster and Chet Fenster.
YOU VS. WILD: OUT COLD
Bear Grylls is back for another exciting interactive movie for the whole family in You vs. Wild: Out Cold, debuting September 14. Following a plane crash in the ice ravaged mountains, Bear finds himself with amnesia trying to save himself and the pilot from the harsh winter elements.
Bear will face huge rock walls, freezing dark tunnels and creepy wildlife creatures. He’s in big trouble, and he needs your help to find his friend and get out of danger.
Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman of The Natural Studios, Rob Buchta, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Liz Schulze, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens of Propagate Content serve as executive producers and Ben Simms directs.
The runtime for the interactive movie ranges from 25 to 45 minutes depending on your choices.
THAI CAVE RESCUE LIMITED SERIES
Netflix has announced an expansive cast and crew for an adaptation of the extraordinary Tham Luang cave rescue story that gripped the world. The limited series, which is set to start shooting in northern Thailand, is based on 2018’s world-famous event where 12 young footballers and their coach — known as the Wild Boars — were finally rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand after more than two weeks.
The project will be brought to the screen by showrunners and executive producers Dana Ledoux Miller (Designated Survivor, Lodge 49) and Michael Russell Gunn (Billions, Designated Survivor), and directors and executive producers “Baz” Nattawut Poonpiriya (Bad Genius, One for the Road), who will direct the first episode, and Kevin Tancharoen (Warrior, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Executive producers also include John Penotti (Crazy Rich Asians, Palmer) for SK Global Entertainment; Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) and Lance Johnson (Troop Zero, The Magnificent Seven) for Electric Somewhere; John Logan Pierson (Spenser Confidential, Mile 22); Tim Coddington (Mulan, Crazy Rich Asians).
Headlining the cast in the role of “Coach Ek” is “Beam” Papangkorn Lerkchaleampote (The Stranded). The 12 rescued boys will be played by Thai newcomers: Pratya Patong, Thanaphong Kanthawong, Songpol Kanthawong, Thanawut Chetuku, Thapanot Huttaprasu, Chakkaphat Sisat, Thanapat Phungpumkaew, Teerapat Somkaew, Rattapoom Nakeesathid, Watcharaphol Poungsawan, Apisit Saengchan, and Aphisit Yookham.
Director Nattawut Poonpiriya said, “I am excited and honored to be bringing the Tham Luang story to the screen. My goal is to craft an authentic portrayal of what happened with respect to the experiences of those who were there. In partnership with talented Asian-American storytellers like Jon M. Chu and Kevin Tancharoen, we are confident that our retelling of this remarkable story will resonate with audiences worldwide.”
Principal photography will be primarily shot on location in Thailand and is planned for a global Netflix release in 2022.
THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excl. France, Benelux, China, Japan, Korea) to the animated feature The Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des Dieux), based on Jiro Taniguchi’s and Baku Yumemakura’s best-selling manga.
The film was directed by Patrick Imbert (The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales) from a script by Magali Pouzol , Patrick Imbert, and Jean-Charles Ostorero. The producers include Ostorero, Didier Brunner (The Triplets of Belleville, Ernest & Celestine), Damien Brunner, and Stéphan Roelants. The executive producer is Thibaut Ruby.
Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8th, 1924? Only the little Kodak camera they took with them might reveal the truth. In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, an outcast climber believed missing for years.
Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit of the gods.
The Summit of the Gods premiered earlier this year in Cannes where it was part of the festival’s 2021 Official Selection. Netflix will release the film in select U.S. theaters on November 24, in the UK on November 26, and on Netflix on November 30.