Filming of new Netflix show underway in New Zealand ahead of global release next year

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Worldwide audiences will be treated to shots of spectacular scenery in and around Auckland next year when a new television show, The Legend of Monkey, is released on Netflix.

The Legend of Monkey will be coming to global screens next year.

The Legend of Monkey will be coming to global screens next year.

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Production for the action show is underway now in New Zealand. The series will premiere on TVNZ, Australia's ABC as well as Netflix.

Inspired by the 16th Century Chinese fable Journey to the West, the 10-part half hour series follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world.

The show stars Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100), Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose) Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days) and Emilie Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidental Soldier).

Andrew Shaw, TVNZ's GM of Acquisitions, Commissioning and Production, said: "This is an extraordinary project to be involved with and we can't wait to be the first to bring it to New
Zealand audiences".

"It's a tremendous tale, visually imaginative and made by talented people. Kids are going to love it," he said.

The Legend of Monkey is being produced for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix by the Oscar and Emmy-winning production company See-Saw Films together with Jump Film & TV.

The series is being filmed using "spectacular purpose-built sets" as well as at the Auckland region locations.

An air date has yet to be released. 

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