Netflix Orders World War II Animated Series ‘The Liberator’
Based on the work by Alex Kershaw
A new animated series is coming to Netflix in 2019. The video-streaming service has ordered a World War II drama series called “The Liberator,” which tells the true story about an Army officer and his dramatic march to victory during World War II.
The series follows U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought together for over 500 days to liberate Europe. The series is based on the book “The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey” by Alex Kershaw which is available here on Amazon, the series was created by Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive).
The combat drama will follow Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment from Oklahoma, a National Guard unit comprised primarily of cowboys, Native Americans and Mexican-Americans from the Invasion of Italy to the liberation of the concentration camp of Dachau.
The four-part series will be the first ever produced in Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation, a new patent-pending technology combining state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance, bringing new levels of emotion and fidelity to the animated drama experience. Grzegorz Jonkajtys developed the Trioscope technology together with School of Humans’ L.C. Crowley.
The series itself is being produced for Netflix by A+E Studios and Unique Features in partnership with Atlanta-based animation studio School of Humans. It was also announced today that Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Sin City, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Revenant) will also serve as Director for all 4 episodes, while Jeb Stuart serves as creator, writer and will executive produce through his Real Folk Productions.
Netflix didn’t announce a release date for the new limited series but more information will be revealed as the project moves along into production. The series is just a small part of A+E Studios’ slate of programming, which has included the Peabody Award-winning “UnREAL;” the event miniseries “ROOTS,” the action drama “SIX,” the breakout series “Knightfall,” and the forthcoming series “Project Blue Book” for HISTORY; and “YOU” from Greg Berlanti as well as and the upcoming Jenji Kohan-produced series “American Princess” for Lifetime.