It’s just Day 1 of Netflix’s Geeked, a five-day virtual event where we’re privy to exclusive entertainment news, new trailers, and even celebrity appearances from the streaming platform’s biggest shows — and, already, it did not disappoint.
Neil Gaiman was on hand to talk about the upcoming live-adaptation of his beloved comic series, The Sandman, while we celebrate the return of popular series All of Us Are Dead and Alice In Borderland. Be prepared for more, um, wet squelching too, thanks to upcoming horror installments such as Guillermo Del Toro’s anthology series and a Wednesday Addams spin-off. Here are the most exciting series announcements you should know about.
1. The Sandman
Definitely biased here, but I’ve been waiting for this live-action adaptation since forever, especially since being a fan of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning DC comic series. Mostly because this isn’t your average superhero-filled comic story. The Sandman explores a dark fantasy world, as expected from the fantasy author and now co-creator of the series, where we follow Morpheus, the Dream King (Tom Sturridge), who finds himself finally free after being held prisoner for a century. He then journeys across the dreaming and waking worlds to restore the disorder that took place during his absence, and confronts old friends, foes — and possibly, siblings — too.
The Sandman, premieres 5 August 2022 on Netflix.
2. All of Us Are Dead — Season 2
The wildly-popular Korean zombie series has been renewed for a second season. How popular was its first season? Our collective fascination with zombie flicks and k-dramas alike shot it straight into the top 10 most watched non-English TV series in 91 countries, where it stayed top of the charts for two weeks in a row. Its first 12 episodes followed a group of students fighting for their lives at ground zero of the zombie outbreak in Hyosan High School, though the ending leaves room for interesting possibilities — are all of them really dead? It could be a matter of how you define that.
All of Us Are Dead Season 2, premiere date tbc.
3. Alice In Borderland — Season 2
Not much is known about the upcoming Season 2, except that it looks like Arisu and Usagi seem to be back and possibly playing for their lives once again in a dystopian Tokyo. The show’s premise certainly got us hooked the first time — as we watch strangers fend to win, and not die, in a series of sadistic games that felt part-Saw, part-Hunger Games. Either way, expect more twisted scenarios and plot twists alike.
Alice In Borderland Season 2, set to release december 2022.
4. Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
More wet squelching please! Fresh off Stranger Things S4, it certainly looks like Netflix is ready to dive into more horror fare, starting with this 8-part anthology series by Academy Award-winning director Guillermo Del Toro, the Mexican film director who brought us Pan’s Labyrinth. Cue old mansions with glass-stained windows on their front doors, flashing lights, taxidermy, graves, and other horror tropes. The creative team alone deserves a shoutout as they bring in some of today’s most revered names, including the directors of The Babadook, Splice, Mandy, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, set to release in 2022.
We all know Wednesday Addams, everyone’s favourite moody Addams Family daughter, but things get weirder. Led by director Tim Burton, the kooky new series gives us a glimpse of her teenage life at the Nevermore Academy, alongside “a murder mystery with close ties to her famed clan”. Coming-of-age series, horror flick, some sinister sleuthing, or all of the above? As you can see from the first official teaser, not much is yet unveiled, save for some major gothic vibes and the fact that Netflix is staying true to Wednesday’s famous pigtail braids. She’s played by Jenna Ortega, while the rest of the cast sees Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci, and more.
Wednesday, set to release fall 2022.
Of course, there’s way more news on other releases too, including this panel featuring the stars of The Umbrella Academy. Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min and Genesis Rodriguez talk about the big showdown between the OGs and the new Sparrow Academy, while the Geeked Week panel also aired brand-new clips ahead of the show’s anticipated premiere on June 22.
Then there’s Resident Evil, the third and final season of Locke & Key, anime to live-action adaptation ONE PIECE, and more. Since Day 1’s focused on just Netflix’s series announcements, look forward to all the upcoming film, animation, and games news, as well as a special day dedicated to all things Stranger Things.
Full schedule on the poster here: