Netflix Buys Animated Film ‘Next Gen’ for $30 Million

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the animated film “Next Gen” for $30 million, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The animated feature is directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander. The worldwide distribution deal does not include China. The film features the voice cast of Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Peña and Constance Wu.

CAA Media Finance Group negotiated the deal that is one of the biggest deals to come out of the Cannes Film Festival so far.

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“Next Gen” tells the story of two unlikely friends in a robot-filled world. Batou financed the film and produced alongside Tangent Animation.

Netflix pulled out of submitting films to the Cannes Film Festival this year after organizers implemented a new rule that bans any films that don’t have theatrical distribution in France. The streaming company had the option to screen films out of competition.

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A spokesperson for Netflix has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Deadline first reported the news.

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the animated film “Next Gen” for $30 million, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The animated feature is directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander. The worldwide distribution deal does not include China. The film features the voice cast of Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Peña and Constance Wu.

CAA Media Finance Group negotiated the deal that is one of the biggest deals to come out of the Cannes Film Festival so far.

“Next Gen” tells the story of two unlikely friends in a robot-filled world. Batou financed the film and produced alongside Tangent Animation.

Netflix pulled out of submitting films to the Cannes Film Festival this year after organizers implemented a new rule that bans any films that don’t have theatrical distribution in France. The streaming company had the option to screen films out of competition.

A spokesperson for Netflix has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Deadline first reported the news.

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Netflix Makes $30M Worldwide Rights Deal For Animated ‘Next Gen’ – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Just because Netflix withdrew its movies from playing here, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a player in the Cannes market. The streaming service has completed a worldwide distribution rights deal worth around $30 million for Next Gen,…

EXCLUSIVE: Just because Netflix withdrew its movies from playing here, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a player in the Cannes market. The streaming service has completed a worldwide distribution rights deal worth around $30 million for Next Gen, an animated feature film that is directed by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander and has a voice cast including Charlyne Yi, Jason Sudeikis, David Cross, Michael Pena and Constance Wu. Netflix won it in competitive bidding, and it’s one of…

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: 7 Things We Learned From That Sick New Trailer

The Marvel Cinematic Universe might have shaken things up with “Avengers: Infinity War,” but we won’t know how the Thanos situation shakes out until “Avengers 4” comes out next year. Meanwhile, we know that “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” hitting theaters in July, takes place both before and during “Infinity War” — unless Disney was messing with us yesterday — and probably has a big part to play in the fourth “Avengers” movie.

While the new trailer released Tuesday doesn’t give any clues as to how Ant-Man might help in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin), it does give a few important clues for what we can expect in the movie and elements that might be important to the overall MCU storyline. Here are seven big takeaways.

If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, you can do just that right here.

Also Read: How Will ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Factor Into That Insane ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Cliffhanger?

1. The Quantum Realm appears to actually be a tiny universe like the comics

We knew the Quantum Realm would be a big deal in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” since in “Ant-Man,” Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) realized that it was possible to get a person back from the super-tiny place. Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother and Pym’ wife, was lost in the Quantum Realm years earlier, but Scott’s return made Pym think he could return to the Quantum Realm and potentially rescue her.

The trailer shows at least two people who have traveled to the Quantum Realm in Pym’s submersible visiting the realm and actually walking around in it, making it much more similar to the Microverse of the comics than we’ve previously seen. In the Marvel Comics universe, the Microverse is pretty much just another place in the multiverse, with people living there (and supervillains trying to take over).

It seems possible the Quantum Realm of the movies could as well, and that it could play a part in the conclusion of the Thanos story being told in “Avengers 4” — although it’s not yet even remotely clear how.

Check out our spoiler-filled look into how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” could play a role in the fight against Thanos by clicking here.

Also Read: New ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer Drops, Does Not Reveal How It Ties Into ‘Infinity War’ (Video)

2. Ant-Man encountered….something in the Quantum Realm

Later on, the trailer includes a very quick shot of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) floating in the Quantum Realm. While he’s there, something glowy and green, apparently with wings, whips past him at a high rate of speed.

While that could potentially be Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm, all that glowy energy and ridiculous speed seems to suggest it might be something else. Perhaps a native of the Quantum Realm?

If the Quantum Realm ends up being important to the battle against Thanos, which seems very likely given the release of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” then this might be a clue as to what, or maybe more accurately who, Ant-Man found there.

Also Read: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Takes Place During ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

3. The Ghost’s phasing stuff seems like it could be important considering the Vision situation

We don’t know too much about the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the character who this trailer seems to present as the primary villain of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” except that she has the capability to make herself “intangible.”

In the trailer, that means zapping her way through walls and vehicles in order to punch and kick people beyond, making her tough to fight. There could be more to that whole “intangible” thing, though, given what a big part of “Avengers: Infinity War” Vision (Paul Bettany) was. Vision’s powers include being able to “phase” through solid matter, pretty much in the same way the Ghost can.

In “Infinity War,” bad guy Corvus Glaive (Michael Shaw) used a special blade on Vision to knock out his phasing powers in their very first fight. That might have been to keep Vision from getting away with the Mind Stone — or there could have been more to it.

It seems like if there was anything that might give Thanos a run for his money, it’s somebody who has the ability to become intangible. After all, apart from his Infinity Stone capabilities, Thanos is just a really strong bruiser of a guy, more or less like the Hulk. One wonders if the powers of the Infinity Stones would even work on someone who is technically intangible; some of them might (we saw the Space Stone cause the Hulkbuster armor to drift through solid matter briefly), but maybe not all of them. That could be a weakness Ant-Man and the Wasp could exploit if they’re able to get hold of the Ghost’s capabilities.

Also Read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — Vision Probably Isn’t Completely Dead

4. Pym has apparently built multiple shrinking vehicles

After recruiting Scott as the new Ant-Man and Hope as the Wasp, it seems Pym got busy building them some new support equipment. That includes vehicles that include their own shrinking tech for use in the field.

In the past, Ant-Man was able to use his throwable Pym Discs to cause an object to shrink or grow briefly, but Pym’s vehicles look to be a lot more versatile and reliable. They also get similar benefits to Ant-Man and the Wasp when they shrink and grow, it seems, as we see when the growing Pym van flips its pursuer from underneath. Makes you wonder what other fantastic things Dr. Pym has put together over the last few years.

Also Read: How Will ‘Captain Marvel’ Play Into That Wild ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Ending?

5. They’re still hiding whatever this movie has to do with Infinity War

Following “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel released a teaser ahead of the new “Ant-Man and the Wasp” asking the “Avengers” cast where Ant-Man and the Wasp were during “Infinity War.” The studio is teasing the “Ant-Man” sequel as answering that question, but we got no real new clues in the trailer at all.

We knew “Ant-Man and the Wasp” begins “in the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’” but whatever portion of the story happens during “Infinity War” has yet to be revealed, and no real clues have been provided about what this movie has to do with the greater MCU situation.

The movie’s release between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” though, can’t be coincidental if it takes place during the battle with Thanos, though. There’s a significant reason why Ant-Man didn’t show up to fight the worst bad guy in the universe, and whatever he and the Wasp learn in their story will have to be significant to “Avengers 4.”

Also Read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — Here’s What Happened Next in the Comic Book Version of the Story

6. Also, still no sign of Janet Van Dyne

We know Janet van Dyne, Hope’s mother and Hank Pym’s wife, will show up in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” thanks to casting: The role is being played by Michelle Pfeiffer. As to what role she’ll play, how Pym might get her out of the Quantum Realm, or what she might be like when she returns, though, the trailer has given us no clues.

7. Bad guys are after Hank Pym’s building

In lieu of diving into the really big questions, this trailer presents a plot that seemingly revolves around a large building that Hank Pym is able to shrink. That building seems like the place where Hank stores all his important technology stuff, which is why bad guys including Walton Goggins have stolen it in the trailer.

The original “Ant-Man” was a heist movie, and it looks like “Ant-Man and the Wasp” probably is one too, with Hank hiring Luis (Michael Pena) and his crew to assist Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (otherwise known as Hope van Dyne — played by Evangeline Lilly) in stealing it back. Which is a cool enough premise that we almost don’t even need to get into the “Infinity War”-related stuff. Almost.

We’ve also got all sorts of other content exploring the dire situation the Avengers find themselves in at the end of “Infinity War.” Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all thisClick here for our deep dive into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for a closer examination of Doctor Strange’s actions in “Infinity War,” and how losing this fight might end up being the key to winning it later. Click here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation, which may not be exactly what it seems. And, finally, here’s our run-down on how the comic book version of these events played out.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe might have shaken things up with “Avengers: Infinity War,” but we won’t know how the Thanos situation shakes out until “Avengers 4” comes out next year. Meanwhile, we know that “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” hitting theaters in July, takes place both before and during “Infinity War” — unless Disney was messing with us yesterday — and probably has a big part to play in the fourth “Avengers” movie.

While the new trailer released Tuesday doesn’t give any clues as to how Ant-Man might help in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin), it does give a few important clues for what we can expect in the movie and elements that might be important to the overall MCU storyline. Here are seven big takeaways.

If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, you can do just that right here.

1. The Quantum Realm appears to actually be a tiny universe like the comics

We knew the Quantum Realm would be a big deal in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” since in “Ant-Man,” Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) realized that it was possible to get a person back from the super-tiny place. Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother and Pym’ wife, was lost in the Quantum Realm years earlier, but Scott’s return made Pym think he could return to the Quantum Realm and potentially rescue her.

The trailer shows at least two people who have traveled to the Quantum Realm in Pym’s submersible visiting the realm and actually walking around in it, making it much more similar to the Microverse of the comics than we’ve previously seen. In the Marvel Comics universe, the Microverse is pretty much just another place in the multiverse, with people living there (and supervillains trying to take over).

It seems possible the Quantum Realm of the movies could as well, and that it could play a part in the conclusion of the Thanos story being told in “Avengers 4” — although it’s not yet even remotely clear how.

Check out our spoiler-filled look into how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” could play a role in the fight against Thanos by clicking here.

2. Ant-Man encountered….something in the Quantum Realm

Later on, the trailer includes a very quick shot of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) floating in the Quantum Realm. While he’s there, something glowy and green, apparently with wings, whips past him at a high rate of speed.

While that could potentially be Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm, all that glowy energy and ridiculous speed seems to suggest it might be something else. Perhaps a native of the Quantum Realm?

If the Quantum Realm ends up being important to the battle against Thanos, which seems very likely given the release of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” then this might be a clue as to what, or maybe more accurately who, Ant-Man found there.

3. The Ghost’s phasing stuff seems like it could be important considering the Vision situation

We don’t know too much about the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the character who this trailer seems to present as the primary villain of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” except that she has the capability to make herself “intangible.”

In the trailer, that means zapping her way through walls and vehicles in order to punch and kick people beyond, making her tough to fight. There could be more to that whole “intangible” thing, though, given what a big part of “Avengers: Infinity War” Vision (Paul Bettany) was. Vision’s powers include being able to “phase” through solid matter, pretty much in the same way the Ghost can.

In “Infinity War,” bad guy Corvus Glaive (Michael Shaw) used a special blade on Vision to knock out his phasing powers in their very first fight. That might have been to keep Vision from getting away with the Mind Stone — or there could have been more to it.

It seems like if there was anything that might give Thanos a run for his money, it’s somebody who has the ability to become intangible. After all, apart from his Infinity Stone capabilities, Thanos is just a really strong bruiser of a guy, more or less like the Hulk. One wonders if the powers of the Infinity Stones would even work on someone who is technically intangible; some of them might (we saw the Space Stone cause the Hulkbuster armor to drift through solid matter briefly), but maybe not all of them. That could be a weakness Ant-Man and the Wasp could exploit if they’re able to get hold of the Ghost’s capabilities.

4. Pym has apparently built multiple shrinking vehicles

After recruiting Scott as the new Ant-Man and Hope as the Wasp, it seems Pym got busy building them some new support equipment. That includes vehicles that include their own shrinking tech for use in the field.

In the past, Ant-Man was able to use his throwable Pym Discs to cause an object to shrink or grow briefly, but Pym’s vehicles look to be a lot more versatile and reliable. They also get similar benefits to Ant-Man and the Wasp when they shrink and grow, it seems, as we see when the growing Pym van flips its pursuer from underneath. Makes you wonder what other fantastic things Dr. Pym has put together over the last few years.

5. They’re still hiding whatever this movie has to do with Infinity War

Following “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel released a teaser ahead of the new “Ant-Man and the Wasp” asking the “Avengers” cast where Ant-Man and the Wasp were during “Infinity War.” The studio is teasing the “Ant-Man” sequel as answering that question, but we got no real new clues in the trailer at all.

We knew “Ant-Man and the Wasp” begins “in the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War,'” but whatever portion of the story happens during “Infinity War” has yet to be revealed, and no real clues have been provided about what this movie has to do with the greater MCU situation.

The movie’s release between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” though, can’t be coincidental if it takes place during the battle with Thanos, though. There’s a significant reason why Ant-Man didn’t show up to fight the worst bad guy in the universe, and whatever he and the Wasp learn in their story will have to be significant to “Avengers 4.”

6. Also, still no sign of Janet Van Dyne

We know Janet van Dyne, Hope’s mother and Hank Pym’s wife, will show up in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” thanks to casting: The role is being played by Michelle Pfeiffer. As to what role she’ll play, how Pym might get her out of the Quantum Realm, or what she might be like when she returns, though, the trailer has given us no clues.

7. Bad guys are after Hank Pym’s building

In lieu of diving into the really big questions, this trailer presents a plot that seemingly revolves around a large building that Hank Pym is able to shrink. That building seems like the place where Hank stores all his important technology stuff, which is why bad guys including Walton Goggins have stolen it in the trailer.

The original “Ant-Man” was a heist movie, and it looks like “Ant-Man and the Wasp” probably is one too, with Hank hiring Luis (Michael Pena) and his crew to assist Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (otherwise known as Hope van Dyne — played by Evangeline Lilly) in stealing it back. Which is a cool enough premise that we almost don’t even need to get into the “Infinity War”-related stuff. Almost.

We’ve also got all sorts of other content exploring the dire situation the Avengers find themselves in at the end of “Infinity War.” Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all thisClick here for our deep dive into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for a closer examination of Doctor Strange’s actions in “Infinity War,” and how losing this fight might end up being the key to winning it later. Click here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation, which may not be exactly what it seems. And, finally, here’s our run-down on how the comic book version of these events played out.

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How Will 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Factor Into That Insane 'Avengers: Infinity War' Cliffhanger?

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Netflix Acquires Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Extinction’ From Universal Pictures

Netflix has secured worldwide distribution rights to Extinction, bringing the Good Universe/ Mandeville Films sci-fi thriller back to life after Universal Pictures had pulled the pic from its initial January 26 release date.
Directed by Ben Young (Hounds Of Love), the pic star Michael Peña as a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their…

Netflix has secured worldwide distribution rights to Extinction, bringing the Good Universe/ Mandeville Films sci-fi thriller back to life after Universal Pictures had pulled the pic from its initial January 26 release date. Directed by Ben Young (Hounds Of Love), the pic star Michael Peña as a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their…

Netflix gobbles up yet another sci-fi studio leftover

Fresh off taking a warmed-over Cloverfield “sequel” and polishing it into the marketing triumph of this year’s Super Bowl, Netflix has scooped up another discarded sci-fi project for its ever-growing roster of original films. This time, the leftover in question is Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan’s alien-fighting…

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Fresh off taking a warmed-over Cloverfield “sequel” and polishing it into the marketing triumph of this year’s Super Bowl, Netflix has scooped up another discarded sci-fi project for its ever-growing roster of original films. This time, the leftover in question is Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan’s alien-fighting…

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Netflix Acquires Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Extinction’ From Universal

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller “Extinction,” starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Peña, from Universal.

Universal pulled the film off its schedule two months ago. Netflix recently did something similar when it acquired “The Cloverfield Paradox.” After bumping around on Paramount’s release schedule, Netflix took over the rights to stream it on its platform.

“Extinction” was produced by Good Universe and Mandeville Films. Ben Young directed the movie that was produced by Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman.

Also Read: Viacom Chief Explains Why Paramount Sold ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ to Netflix

Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Erica Tremblay and Lex Shrapnel also star. Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane wrote the screenplay.

The story follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family — and this nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a destructive force.

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“Extinction” will hit Netflix in 2018.

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller “Extinction,” starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Peña, from Universal.

Universal pulled the film off its schedule two months ago. Netflix recently did something similar when it acquired “The Cloverfield Paradox.” After bumping around on Paramount’s release schedule, Netflix took over the rights to stream it on its platform.

“Extinction” was produced by Good Universe and Mandeville Films. Ben Young directed the movie that was produced by Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman.

Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Erica Tremblay and Lex Shrapnel also star. Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane wrote the screenplay.

The story follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family — and this nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a destructive force.

“Extinction” will hit Netflix in 2018.

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Netflix Buys Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan Thriller ‘Extinction’ From Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

In the latest Hollywood rights deal for Netflix, the streaming service has acquired worldwide rights for the sci-fi thriller “Extinction” from Universal — two months after Universal pulled it off its schedule. Netflix plans to release “Extinction” later this year. The company confirmed the move to Variety on Thursday, four days after it began streaming […]

In the latest Hollywood rights deal for Netflix, the streaming service has acquired worldwide rights for the sci-fi thriller “Extinction” from Universal — two months after Universal pulled it off its schedule. Netflix plans to release “Extinction” later this year. The company confirmed the move to Variety on Thursday, four days after it began streaming […]