Here’s the list of what platforms are cooking up in the summer heat for this month
Netflix takes centre-stage this month of July, opening the floodgates in terms of new content with original series and new seasons of some already existing shows. On day 1 the platform will host the second season of “Deadwind”, a Finnish thriller created in 2018 by Rike Jokela, and season five of “iZombie”, the series from director Rob Thomas and screenwriter Diane Ruggiero-Wright that has redefined the zombie genre and has been an incentive for the conception of serialized terror.
Shortly thereafter, Netflix won’t be giving subscribers time to catch their breath, as the very next day they’ll be launching three original series from the United States, South Korea and Japan, in what is clearly an effort to recruit fresh audiences from all over the world. The first of these is “Warrior Nun”, a product that comes to us from the hand of Simon Barry, ready to explore the life of a young orphan who wakes up in a morgue and discovers that she has been given special powers. The second is “Mystic Pop-up Bar”, twelve episodes directed by Jun Chang Geun of the drama, mystery genre. Third, a new series about haunted houses, “Ju-on: Origins”, from Shô Miyake, which will be available from day 2.
Other Netflix releases scheduled throughout July include the new Australian series “Stateless”, which has been very well received by US critics, and also “Cursed”, a new medieval fantasy adventure that aims to get their foot in the door in the wake of audience success of “The Last Kingdom” and “The Witcher”.
And Netflix will put the icing on the cake to a super month with the second installment of “The Umbrella Academy”, Jeremy Slater’s show about superheroes that, despite receiving mixed reviews, is of an unquestionable uniqueness and a breath of fresh air for the genre.
HBO seems to be one of the platforms that has suffered the greatest impact from the Covid-19 pandemic. The streaming service was forced to postpone the release of “Homeland” until September, among other eagerly awaited products the company felt would be best treated with more meticulous design, and whose progress was impaired by lockdown. As such, the service will be holding off until July 22nd before distributing anything fresh, at which time the Spanish miniseries produced by Globomedia (The Mediapro Studio) “Por H o por B”, will be released. Devised by Manuela Burló Moreno, also director of feature films such as “Rumbos” and “Cómo sobrevivir a una despedida”, who on this occasion sees the Murcia-born filmmaker narrating a tale set in the Madrid neighborhood of Malasaña, where two friends who haven’t spoken for years will meet up again and share in the experience of a series of events set in the Spanish capital.
And just as comedy is the main ingredient in “Por H o por B”, intrigue and fantasy will permeate the fourth and final season of the anthological series “Room 104”, where each episode deals with a different story of the assorted guests who have passed through this motel room.
Amazon Prime Video seems to have taken a leaf from the book of its competitor HBO for the creation of “Relatos con-fin-a-dos”, another miniseries consisting of short, independent episodes filmed during the spring of 2020, respecting the rules imposed during the state of emergency. Álvaro Longoria and Cecilia Gessa were head screenwriters on the series which features a cast including Sara Sálamo, Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann and soccer player Isco Alarcón, making his debut as an actor in one of the stories.
Finally, on day 10, Apple TV will premiere the miniseries “Little Voice”, a love letter to the musical diversity of New York City, the fertile ground for filmmakers including Woody Allen and Spike Lee.