Upcoming Netflix originals you didn't know were being made

It's hard to overstate just how much Netflix has changed the film and television industry. The streamer is putting billions of dollars into new content every year—and changing the distribution model, drawing in huge talent on both sides of the camera as stars and filmmakers seek more creative freedom.

Netflix's expansion has been a boon for viewers—there's a constant stream of high-quality entertainment if you know where to find it. It's that last bit that's the biggest problem, though; while everyone hears about buzzy releases like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, the sheer amount of content means other shows get lost in the shuffle. To help out, we've tracked down a number of upcoming Netflix originals that are going to absolutely blow you away—and you may not even realize were in the works.

Hold the Dark

An adaptation of the 2014 William Giraldi novel of the same name, Hold the Dark focuses on the pursuit of a wolf responsible for killing children in the Alaskan wilderness. A biologist (Westworld's Jeffrey Wright) heads to the remote location to figure out what's going on, but soon finds himself in over his head as a child is killed, his mother (Mad Max: Fury Road's Riley Keough) disappears, and his father (True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard) returns home from Iraq desperate for revenge.

Hold the Dark comes from director Jeremy Saulnier, the man behind the critically acclaimed thriller Green Room. Fans have been eagerly awaiting Saulnier's next film since Green Room arrived in theaters in 2016; while Hold the Dark doesn't yet have a release date, it started production in early 2017, so hopefully Saulnier will be back to terrify and enthrall viewers soon.

Green Eggs and Ham

Ellen DeGeneres is behind Netflix's Dr. Seuss adaptation Green Eggs and Ham. The adaptation of the classic children's book is set to follow its characters on continuing adventures, with Netflix writing in its synopsis that the series will follow opposites Guy and Sam as they take a road trip to save an endangered animal. Along the way, they learn about friendship—and, of course, green eggs and ham.

DeGeneres' attachment as an executive producer is already a great sign for Green Eggs and Ham, which, despite its popularity, has yet to be adapted into a film or TV series, aside from the 1973 special Dr. Seuss on the Loose. The series also has another powerhouse behind it, with Wreck-It Ralph's Jared Stern set to take on writing duties. Netflix has stayed pretty quiet about the show since greenlighting it in 2015, but their website notes that its 13-episode first season is expected to debut in 2018.

The Irishman

One of Netflix's priciest upcoming projects is The Irishman, which is estimated to have a budget over $100 million. However, the film seems like its definitely worth the price—it reunites Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro, along with a rumored supporting cast of heavy hitters like Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, and Harvey Keitel. 

Starring De Niro as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a mob hitman allegedly responsible for the death of Jimmy Hoffa, the movie—based on the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses—also boasts a screenplay written by Moneyball's Steve Zaillian. Its impressive pedigree could score The Irishman a short theatrical release to qualify it for the Academy Awards, so get ready—with a huge amount of talent on both sides of the camera, this movie will surely be on your radar (and in your queue) soon.

Lost in Space

Netflix is set to remake the popular 1960s series Lost in Space, with Prison Break's Zack Estrin as showrunner. Estrin will lead a new cast on the spaceship Jupiter 2, which is stranded light years away from its original destination after a crash, leaving its Robinson family crew to find a way to survive on an unfamiliar planet.

Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins, and Mina Sundwall will take on the roles of the Robinson family, while Parker Posey will play the gender-swapped mysterious Dr. Smith. Ignacio Serricchio and Raza Jeffrey also star in what Stephens calls a "very clever, modern reworking" of the original show's story. The 10-episode reboot is expected out in 2018.


Hold the Dark isn't Alexander Skarsgard's only Netflix film; he'll also unite with the streamer for Mute. Skarsgard plays Leo, a bartender living in a near-future Berlin. Left unable to speak after a childhood accident, the only light in Leo's life is his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh)—and when she disappears, he embarks on a mission through the city's seedy underbelly to try and find her. There he encounters a pair of wise-cracking American surgeons, played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, who may provide his only clue to getting Naadirah back.

Mute's plot may sound original, but the film is actually the third in a trilogy from director Duncan Jones, who says it's loosely related to his 2009 cult favorite Moon as well as his Jake Gyllenhaal-led Source Code. Jones says he plans for Mute to imagine Berlin the way Blade Runner depicted Los Angeles—just one more reason it'll definitely be one to watch when it debuts later this year.

Game Over, Man!

The Workaholics gang will reunite for Game Over, Man!, an action comedy featuring Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, and Adam Devine as three friends on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists. As the drug-fueled teaser shows, they take it upon themselves to take up arms in an attempt to get their financing back.

Seth Rogen is set to produce the film alongside his writing partner Evan Goldberg. Kyle Newacheck, the creator of Workaholics, will direct based on a script from Holm, while Jere Burns, Mac Brandt, and Airforce Amy also star. The movie also already has a pretty fitting release date—April 20, 2018. Dope. 


Anthony Mackie toplines IO, the sci-fi story of Sam Walden (The Nice Guys' Margaret Qualley), a teen who finds herself one of the few survivors on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Sam rushes to find a way to cure the poisoned world before the last shuttle for the humans' distant refugee colony takes off, leaving her stranded. Mackie plays Micah, a refugee on his way to the shuttle launch who puts a wrench in Sam's plans by making her question whether she can really save Earth. Danny Huston, recently spotted in DC's Wonder Woman, will also appear in an undisclosed role.

IO is directed by House of Time's Jonathan Helpert based on a script from Chef's Table's Clay Jeter, Embers' Charles Spano, and Jess + Moss' Will Basanta. There's no word yet on when the movie will premiere, although filming took place in late 2016, so hopefully IO will be here to get all of our hearts racing soon.

Untitled Sabrina the Teenage Witch series

Riverdale's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is bringing Sabrina the Teenage Witch to Netflix, although she won't be anything like Melissa Joan Hart's version. Aguirre-Sacasa's show is based on the comic series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which tells a dark origin story for the witchy teen. 

The show follows Sabrina as she tries to balance being half-witch and half-mortal while fighting against the evil forces threatening her, her family, and the world. The untitled Sabrina series, which was initially developed for the CW, already has a two-season, 20-episode order, so expect quite a lot of magical mishaps in Greendale. (And, hopefully, a Riverdale crossover or two.)

Umbrella Academy

Netflix has had a lot of success with their Marvel series, so it makes sense that they'd branch out with another comic book show. Umbrella Academy, based on the Dark Horse Comics series from My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes who are forced to come back together to figure out the mysteries behind their father's death. 

Leading the cast is Ellen Page as Vanya, the adopted black sheep of the family and the only one without supernatural abilities. The rest of the cast includes Game of Thrones' Tom Hopper, Hamilton's Emmy Raver-Lampman, Soldado's David Castaneda, Misfits' Robert Sheehan, and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn's Aidan Gallagher. With Fargo's Steve Blackman on board as showrunner, this looks like a new and different take on the comic genre.

The Good Cop

Josh Groban and Tony Danza will play father and son in the Netflix drama The Good Cop. The show features Danza as Tony Sr., a  disgraced former NYPD detective who never followed the rules—a stark contrast with his live-in son Tony Jr. (Groban), an honest detective who's a big stickler for playing by the book. Tony Sr. decides it's his job to help his son by giving him advice on how to handle everything from suspects to women.  

The Good Cop, which is set to get 10 episodes, comes from Monk creator Andy Breckman and also has experienced TV director Randy Zisk, who's helmed episodes of Bones, Without a Trace, and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, on board to direct the pilot. 

Hummingbird Salamander

Annihilation seems set to be one of the most exciting sci-fi movies of 2018, and Jeff VanderMeer, the author of the book on which the film is based, has already set up another film based on his work, this time at Netflix. The author sold his upcoming novel Hummingbird Salamander to Netflix in November of 2017, with Sugar23 set to produce.

The novel is "set ten seconds in the future" and deals with intense issues like "bioterrorism, ecoterrorism, and climate change." Although details of the plot are still under wraps, VanderMeer has teased its complicated story in the past, saying he wanted to "follow a person who, leading an ordinary life, becomes involved in getting beneath the surface of things to the secrets beneath." While this one is probably a long way off, we're already getting excited.

On My Block

Netflix is teaming up with Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich for a new coming-of-age comedy, On My Block. The series follows a diverse group of four friends who struggle with the trials of growing up in South Central Los Angeles, and the central cast includes Teen Wolf's Diego Tinoco, Logan's Jason Genao, Liv and Maddie's Jessica Marie Garcia, newcomer Sierra Capri, and Andmore Junction's Brett Gray. 

Netflix has already handed down a 10-episode order for the series, which is set to debut at some point in 2018. Alongside Iungerich, it was co-created by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, who together have penned episodes of Empire and the script for the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me


Netflix has become a veritable force in bids for high-profile upcoming projects, and one of their recently nabbed scripts has quite a lot of potential. The script, from Rene's Mattson Tomlin, is a sci-fi thriller, and although details are being kept under wraps, it's already grabbed some high-powered behind-the-scenes talent, including Nerve directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and Bright producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless. We're definitely eager to find out more.

Raising Dion

Michael B. Jordan is set to spearhead a different kind of superhero origin story with Raising Dion, a series following an African-American woman who's raising her son Dion alone after the death of her husband (Jordan). As if that wasn't already hard enough, she has to adapt when Dion starts to develop superhuman abilities. With the help of her husband's best friend, she tries to protect her son from those who would use him for his powers. 

UnReal's Carol Barbee is set to be the showrunner for the series, which is based on a short film from director Dennis Liu. Jordan is also on board as a producer, as is American Gods' Michael Green and Fences' Charles D. King. The superhero origin story is a crowded genre, but with a young protagonist and an intense storyline, Raising Dion is a potential standout.  

Untitled Natasha Lyonne comedy

Natasha Lyonne has already had success with a Netflix hit, earning an Emmy nomination for her work on Orange is the New Black. She's set to team up with the streamer once again for an untitled series to be executive produced by Amy Poehler, who co-created the show with Lyonne and Sleeping With Other People's Leslye Headland.

The eight-episode series stars Lyonne as a young woman named Nadia who, throughout one endless night, serves as the guest of honor at a "seemingly inescapable party." The show has been described as "an ambitious and uniquely formatted comedy that will have viewers guessing as much as they will be laughing." With that description and the incredibly talented cast, this is shaping up to be one of your new favorite shows.

The Eddy

La La Land's Damien Chazelle is getting back into the musical game. The Oscar winner is set to executive produce and direct two episodes of the Paris-set musical drama series The Eddy, which is set in modern-day, multicultural Paris and is said to revolve around a jazz club with American and French-Arab co-owners. The show will tell the story of "a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them." 

Fitting with its setting, the show will be shot in France with dialogue in French, English, and Arabic. The eight-episode series also has BAFTA Award-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure) on board, as well as Grammy Award-winning composer Glen Ballard, known for Alanis Morisette's "Jagged Little Pill" and Michael Jackson's "Bad," writing the original score. If that wasn't already enough to get you on board, the show has also nabbed Six Feet Under and The Newsroom Emmy winner Alan Poul to executive produce.


One of Netflix's upcoming series has some major stars attached, but it still may not be on your radar. The 10-episode dark comedy Maniac is set to star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, with novelist Patrick Somerville serving as showrunner and True Detective's Cary Fukunaga on board as a director. 

Specific details are being kept under wraps, but we do know that it takes place in the fantasy worlds of two patients in a mental institution. Somehow, characters played by big stars like Justin Theroux, Jemima Kirke, and Sally Field will also be pulled into the mix. Maniac is scheduled to debut at some point in 2018, so hopefully we'll learn more soon.