Netflix takes DJ doc and manga movie

Netflix has picked up a doc about superstar DJ and music producer Steve Aoki, and has acquired Blame, a futuristic manga film out of Japan.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead follows Aoki as he prepares for the biggest live show of his career, and looks at his life and relationship with his father, the Benihana restaurant chain founder Rocky Aoki.

David Gelb (Chef’s Table) and Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) are among the doc’s producers.

Separately, US-based streaming service Netflix will launch manga movie Blame! across its global footprint.

The futuristic apocalyptic drama, about a strange loner attempting to save the world from annihilation, hails from cult manga artist Tsutomu Nihei and has already spawned a 2003 web series.

The feature will be produced by Polygon Pictures and marks the second time the Japanese animation studio has teamed with the SVOD company, following earlier project Knights of Sidonia.

“We’re incredibly delighted to work with Polygon Pictures in bringing the latest Netflix original anime, Blame!, to fans worldwide,” said David Lee, vice president, international originals at Netflix. “We look forward to bringing the best of original anime to our members and continuing to work with the top creators in the industry.”

Netflix will release the film in the cutting edge HDR format.

Shuzo John Shiota, president and CEO of Polygon, said: “I’ve seen some initial footage and it is truly groundbreaking, especially in HDR format. I can’t wait for fans around the world to experience this.”

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