The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix
UPDATE: Wu Assassins and Mindhunter: season 2 will be arriving this month – find out more about them on the next two slides.
Netflix has changed the way we engage with television shows and movies forever, giving us the most convenient way to experience both from the comfort of our living rooms, laptop screens or smartphones.
With a rapidly growing library of shows on the service and a huge lineup of projects in the works, we've put together a list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix for 2018 and beyond.
The shows and films on this list have been hand-picked based on how excited we are for them, meaning that it's not intended to be a complete release schedule. Instead, consider it our curated list of the coolest looking Netflix Originals currently in the works.
We've also included upcoming seasons of already established shows which we're really eager to see. So without further ado, these are the best TV shows and movies coming soon to Netflix.
Arguably the hottest actor in martial arts cinema right now thanks to his starring turns in The Raid films, not to mention his supporting turns in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mile 22 and Stuber, Iko Uwais has signed with Netflix for a 10-part series that takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown district. Uwais plays an aspiring chef who becomes an assassin tasked with restoring balance among the ancient triads that rule city. In case you need more convincing, Uwais will also act as the lead fight choreographer and stunt co-ordinator on the show, which also stars Byron Mann (Altered Carbon) and Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3), with John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) acting as showrunner. A trailer for the show has finally arrived, and while it looks a little corny in a Bulletproof Monk kind of way, the fight scenes definitely look the business. You can check out the trailer below.
Release date: August 8, 2019
Based on the true crime book from former FBI agent John Douglas (he was the real-life basis for the character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter books), Mindhunter lifts the lid on the founding of the Bureau's behavioural sciences department, which is known for profiling serial killers. Featuring direction from visionary director David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac), the first season became an instant hit amongst those who revel in dark subject matter. Now, the second season is almost upon us, and will see the team work on the infamous Atlanta Child Murders case of the 1970s. They'll also meet and profile more famous murderers, including Charles Manson and David 'Son of Sam' Berkowitz, which should provide more than a few hair-raising moments.
Release date: August 16, 2019
One of the most anticipated new shows arriving on Netflix this year is the first live-action adaptation of The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Said to be based more closely on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's books rather than the games that made the series internationally famous, the show still nails the look and feel of CD Projekt Red's beloved RPGs. With a huge budget, massive sets and terrific VFX, Netflix's The Witcher could be the streaming service's own Game of Thrones if it plays its cards right. You can check out the show's first official trailer below.
Release date: 2019
Ghost in the Shell
From Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) comes the brand new Netflix Original animated GitS series, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Not much else is known about the new series, other than it marks the return of Major Motoko Kusanagi (whose new look for the show can be seen above) and that it will debut sometime in 2020.
Release date: 2020
Saddle up, space cowboys, because Spike Spiegel and crew will return in a brand new, live action Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix! We don't know much about it as yet, though it has been confirmed that series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be involved as a consultant on the show. The original show followed a band of misfit bounty hunters, each haunted by their own past, as they travelled the galaxy trying to keep food in their bellies. Packed with incredibly action, amazing style and lovable characters, Cowboy Bebop is ripe for further adventures – provided Netflix can stick the landing. Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the new series, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will act as showrunners.
Release date: TBA
Exciting news for fans of Martin Scorsese's classic gangster films – the director is bringing The Irishman to Netflix in 2018, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino (working with the filmmaker for the very first time) are all along for the ride. The Irishman follows a mob hitman (De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and is based on the best-selling book by Charles Brandt. If you're a film buff and aren't excited about this, you may need to check your pulse.
Release date: 2019