Poster for Netflix's 2022 film The Sea Beast.

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Netflix’s most high-profile animated film of 2022 was maybe understandably Pinocchio, however the streamer did launch another fairly stable animated options and exhibits all through final yr. One of these was The Sea Beast, a enjoyable throwback CG movie about sailors looking down large underwater creatures, and a movie that we referred to as one of many yr’s finest animated outings. Good information: we’re getting one other one.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, its director and co-writer Chris Williams has inked a cope with Netflix that features a Sea Beast sequel. The second film is predicted to deliver again the primary movie’s main duo, Jacob Holland (Karl Urban) and his adoptive daughter Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator). According to THR, the primary film was a success for Netflix; the most-viewed animated film within the streamer’s 25-year historical past, and the second-longest time in Netflix’s Top 10 for the yr at seven straight weeks.

“I never thought beyond the first movie. We were not planning for a series,” mentioned Williams, who added that Netflix had been extremely type to him whereas making the primary film. Though the primary film ended fairly neatly, he did supply up the thought of a sequel exhibiting Jacob and Maisie now having to really modify to being a household. “Suddenly Jacob is a parent, a parent to an especially willful kid, right? […] So the idea of the challenges of this new family became interesting to me.”

Also on Williams’ docket with Netflix is an unique fantasy movie. That movie, which at the moment stays untitled, was described as having a scope just like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, because it’ll have “a huge world with multiple events going on outside the story being told,” whereas nonetheless feeling as full as The Sea Beast. But by way of tone, Williams likened it to The Princess Bride: “I want to have fun with some of the conventions…It’s not parody and it’s not making fun of it, but it has a perspective that is light and refreshing.”

Both tasks are being developed by Williams facet by facet, although not less than a type of will find yourself being co-directed by Sea Beast story head Owen Sullivan. As far as which one comes first, that’s up within the air, however ought to issues go Williams’ manner, he’ll be capable to tout each films on his resume within the close to future. “The intention is to ultimately make them both.”

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