Jorge Gutierrez’s ‘Kung-Fu Space Punch’ not moving forward on Netflix


Kung-Fu Space Punchan animated sci-fi project by Maya and the three creator Jorge R. Gutierrez, was reportedly canceled by Netflix Animation while still in development. His new animated feature film, Me, Chihuahuastarring and produced by Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, continues.

The project was announced in 2017, when Gutierrez presented a work in progress at the Annecy Festival. According Varietyat the time, he described it as “a fun mix of 1990s kung fu movies, 60s spaghetti westerns, and epic space adventures from the 70s, 80s and today”.

When Gutierrez signed an overall deal with Netflix in 2020, he turned his attention to his epic anime limited series, Maya and the three, for which he was a screenwriter, voice actor and director. Checking with followers of his Twitter account, he confirmed that Kung-Fu Space Punch “not advancing at Netflix Animation.”

Gutierrez went on to describe what Kung-Fu Space Punch could have been.

“This version of Space Punch would have been like Maya and the three, an original epic limited series of 270 minutes (in 9 chapters) with a hefty budget,” he tweeted. “With the way streaming is going right now, it makes sense to me why it’s such a risk. I’m just grateful it got another hit. This Netflix release was a love story packed with action… for all those who saw the Annecy presentation, this time it was 100!

He also has added that the project isn’t dead in the water, explaining, “It’s not dead DEAD. Not moving forward at Netflix Animation. That means I have to set it up in a different studio to do it, which , of course, is my plan. I love this idea and it’s going to happen. the book of life took 14 years to arrive. I am a patient man.

Netflix’s removal of Kung-Fu Space Punch is yet another in a growing list of project cancellations at the company as it struggles to regain its footing while weathering the effects of substantial subscriber losses, a crash in stock price and weak revenue growth. Earlier this month, the streamer also announced that he had disconnected on Ava DuVernay wings of firethe preschool series anti-racist babyand the children’s movie Kind regards from Kindergarten, as well as a number of other animated projects. It also laid off some 150 US-based employees.

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