trollhunters

Guillermo del Toro is hard at work on the second season of his DreamWorks/Netflix series Trollhunters, the legendary filmmaker has announced plans to expand the universe to include two other animated shows: alien saga ‘3 Below,’ and the magic-mystery adventure ‘Wizards.’

In a recently released clip, fans see local teen conspiracy theorist Eli Pepperjack (voiced by Katherine Soucie) as he is explaining to sidekick extraordinaire Toby Domzalski (Charlie Saxton) that not only is their town of Arcadia subject to troll activity, but it has connections to these other supernatural realms as well.

‘Trollhunters’ serves as the first installment in the ‘Tales of Arcadia’ trilogy, which will be followed by these two other shows in the years to come. In a recent interview, del Toro said:

‘The idea was to create three interconnecting series that shared a mythology. When I was kid growing up in a small city in Mexico, I thought everything was going to happen there. When I was in seventh grade, we went into the sewers with flashlights and crossed the whole city. I don’t recommend it! But we crossed the city from beneath, and that’s where ‘Trollhunters’ come from.”

The director also added this little tidbit of information:

 “And for whatever reason, at age 15, I saw a UFO. I have a strange life.”

So, you know, take that how you will!

‘3 Below’ debuts next year and will feature two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who escape their home planet during a coup by an evil dictator and end up crashing on Earth near Arcadia. The mothership gives the characters a choice of sanctuary. Del Toro explained:

“The ship says, ‘There are two alternatives to hide, a planet that is about to be devoured by a black hole, or this floating ball of mud called ‘Earth,’ and that is such a crappy planet that no one will ever look for you there.”

‘Wizards’ will premier in 2019, and will unite all three storylines with magical heroes engaged in a battle that will determine the fate not just of our world, but also the troll kingdom and the alien world. Del Toro said:

“In the early season of ‘Trollhunters,’ we already introduced characters you don’t know how important they are for the [other] two series, that have been in the planning for years. ‘Wizards’ tracks down the whole backstory of ‘Trollhunters’ and much, much more and brings  all of this group [of shows] to a conclusion.”

Watch the exclusive clip below!