Crunchyroll to Develop ‘Dark Star Squadron’ With Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar

Anime streamer Crunchyroll is developing “Dark Star Squadron,” an epic animated space opera, in partnership with Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures.

Todd Ludy (“Voltron: Legendary Defender”) will write with Zoe Saldana, Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana of Cinestar Pictures serving as executive producers. Sonia A. Gambaro and Maytal Gilboa from Pollinate Entertainment are also producing.

“Dark Star Squadron” follows the journey of four failing cadets who return from a joyride with a stolen starship to find their academy in ruins and everyone vanished. Now on their own, the ill-equipped heroes embark for the far side of the galaxy to find the missing and prove their worth.

“As true animation and anime fans ourselves, we are so excited for the opportunity to partner with Crunchyroll to bring ‘Dark Star Squadron’ to a wide audience,” Cinestar’s Zoe, Cisely and Mariel Saldana said in a statement. “We can’t wait for everyone to meet the crew and follow the journey of our unlikely heroes.”

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“We’re elated to be working with such a talented creative team on the development of ‘Dark Star Squadron,’ a new fantasy adventure series,” Sarah Victor, head of development at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “We love working with creators who are passionate about telling stories through anime and we can’t wait to bring this interstellar epic to fans across the galaxy.”

“The tremendous growth of our streaming service is indicative of the growing love for anime and its deserved spotlight in popular culture,” Joanne Waage, GM of Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “Zoe and her team are bringing their own anime fandom to their storytelling and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Crunchyroll offers an anime library of more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes in more than 200 countries and territories. The global brand has more than 5 million subscribers, 120 million registered users and more than 60 million followers across social media. A streaming service delivering AVOD and SVOD content, Crunchyroll also provides social, events, games, consumer products, content distribution, content creation and manga publishing.

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