Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo's Trese graphic novel is in development as a Netflix animated movie. Long-time Warner Bros. Animation director/storyboard artist Jay Oliva is directing and executive producing the project, working with the Asian studio BASE ENtertainment.
"Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings," reads Netflix's description of the series.
The option was announced as part of the acquisition of several Asian projects by Netflix.
"Asia is home to the world's great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today,: said Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos. "The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world. More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region, so we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad.”
Originally published in the Philippines, Trese recently completed a crowdfunding effort to get the series published outside the country.
Netflix has not announced a release date for the Trese animated movie.