Landis to direct Schwarzenegger show
Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten will arrive in the first quarter of 2021
Hollywood director John Landis is set to direct Genius Brands International’s forthcoming animated children’s series Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.
The series, which will launch on Genius Brands’ recently-launched Kartoon Channel! next spring, features Arnold Schwarzenegger as the voice of a superhero-turned-kindergarten teacher as he takes care of a new generation of super-powered five-year-olds.
Landis (The Twilight Zone) will direct Schwarzenegger on the series, which is coproduced by Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Genius Brands, China’s Alibaba Group and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Fabian Nicieza co-created the series with Lee.
In addition to Kartoon Channel!, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten will launch on Amazon Prime Video in the US and on Alibaba’s streaming platform Youku in China.
Landis has also joined Genius Brands’ development team to help create a live-action series and feature film spin-off based on Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.
“When one has a property of this magnitude, we will quickly pursue development of a live-action feature spin-off as we work to maximise the value of the brand,” said Genius Brands chairman and CEO Andy Heyward.
Earlier this week, Schwarzenegger invested in GBI as part of his deal with the company to front the show.