Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters Series is Coming To Netflix

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Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have announced that they've expanded their film and TV rights agreement that will give Netflix the global rights (outside of China) to many of DreamWorks' original series. This will include Trollhunters, a new series from Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim), set to launch this year.

Trollhunters is based on del Toro's children's novel of the same title, co-written with Daniel Kraus. It tells the story of one family's legacy as child trollhunters and, according to Netflix, "will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown."

This book series on which the program will be based, combines kid-friendly horror and fantastical adventure with excerpts like this:

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"You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don't cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites."

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the Trollhunters animated project (which was then set to be a film) back in 2010, del Toro said, "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary. It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it's thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff."

This will be del Toro's second book-to-TV series adaptation. He is also a co-author and TV series co-creator of The Strain, the apocalyptic vampire drama set to air a second season on FX this year.