In recent years, competition between streaming giants has set the tone for entertainment, with companies like Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV + and Prime Video spending millions of dollars to get the best movies and series to add to their catalog. This strategy changed in 2022, where lower-than-anticipated financial results pushed most platforms into an era of greater frugality.
Despite this, we live in times where there is an overdemand for content, with hundreds of productions coming out every year to please and attract viewers. In the spirit of separating the wheat from the chaff, here are some of the titles worth keeping an eye on in the coming year.
The still ‘king of streaming’ will have an interesting year as it tries to expand the number of its users with the introduction in more countries of its new cheaper ad-supported plan, as well as its plan to charge extra for users who share their passwords. However, in the field of content what We will see is the return of old favorites with new seasons of series like “The Witcher”, “You” and “Shadow and Bone”., as well as ‘spin-off of sagas like “Bridgerton” and “La casa de papel”. In terms of cinematography, his most anticipated project will be “Extraction 2”, a sequel to the action film starring Chris Hemsworth, which became one of the most watched films in his catalog in 2020.
As for new content, The most ambitious Netflix project this year is undoubtedly “The Three-Body Problem”, a sci-fi series based on the popular novel by Chinese writer Liu Cixin – 2015 Hugo Award winner – made as the first project in the multi-million dollar deal between the streaming service and “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss. The success (or failure) of this series will undoubtedly mark 2023 for Netflix
Disney’s streaming service will also focus on well-known franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars. In the first category we will have the return of “Loki” with its second season, as well as the arrival of new series such as “Agatha: Coven of Chaos” and “Secret Invasion”, the latter show particularly important in charting the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
From ‘a galaxy far, far away’ will come the long-awaited third season of “The Mandalorian”, a series starring Pedro Pascal that has served to revive the popularity of the space operetta. Fans of “The Clone Wars” animated series will also have reasons to celebrate with the arrival of “Ahsoka”, a series where Rosario Dawson plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader’s ‘padawan’ Ahsoka Tano.
Finally, the 2023 It seems that it will be the year that we will finally be able to see “Peter Pan & Wendy”live-action remake of the story of the boy who didn’t want to grow up that has been in production for almost half a decade.
2023 will also be a year of great transformation for HBO Max, with the merger of this platform with Discovery+ planned for the first half of this year, leaving in doubt what the final result will be like. However, this does not prevent the WarnerMedia platform from launching more quality content, starting this year with the release of “The Last of Us” on January 15. Based on what is considered one of the best video games of all time, the series starring Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal will take us on a journey through the United States destroyed by a zombie plague.
In addition to “The Last of Us”, we will have the return of already popular shows such as “Succession”, “Barry”, “Los Gemstone” and “Tokyo Vice”, as well as the “spin-off” of “Sex and the City”. “And Just Like That…”.
After replacing Netflix as the streaming service with the most subscribers in the United States last month, the Amazon platform begins this 2023 with a year full of new seasons of already established series such as “The Wheel of Time”, “Hunters”, “Carnival Row” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an award-winning comedy now in its fifth and final season. As for new content, we will have the recently announced premiere of “Gen V”, a spin-off of “The Boys” that takes the black parody of the superhero genre to college with a new generation of ‘heroes’.
Likewise, thanks to its association with Peacock – a streaming service not yet available in Latin America -, Prime will feature the “John Wick” spin-off entitled “The Continental”, a miniseries starring Mel Gibson that delves into the hotel chain used by murderers and criminals as neutral territories in the saga. Of course, do not expect the presence of Keanu Reeves.
Unlike the other streaming platforms, Apple TV+ continues with its strategy of limiting its content to only a couple of high-quality monthly productions. Among what has already been announced there are two promising films. The first is “Killers of the Flower Moon”, a film directed by Martin Scorsese with an exemplary cast made up of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gradstone and Brendan Fraser.. Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, the film is set in the 1920s and follows the investigation of a series of mysterious murders against members of the Osage tribe after oil was discovered on their land.
The second film is the historical drama “Napoleon,” a biopic about legendary military leader Napoleon Bonaparte directed by Ridley Scott and starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, a combination that promises to live up to the historical figure.