'Skylanders' is to become a TV show.



The hugely popular toys-to-life video game franchise is being turned into a series called 'Skylanders Academy' that will be screened on Netflix.

The streaming television service has partnered with Activation Blizzard to make the episodic programme.

The official 'Skylanders' Twitter page ran the message: "The only thing better than Skylanders is more Skylanders. Get ready, Skylanders Academy is landing on @netflix! (sic)"

A host of stars have been lined up to voice the TV show including Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Susan Sarandon, Norm Macdonald and Catherine O'Hara.

The show will also benefit from Metallica singer James Hetfield's vocals.

Bobby Kotick from Activation Blizzard said: "Over the last five years, millions of families around the world have welcomed 'Skylanders' characters into their homes. Now, they'll be able to watch their favourite characters come to life on Netflix.

"We couldn't have found a better home for 'Skylanders Academy' and look forward to sharing our extraordinary characters with Netflix audiences around the world."

The 'Skylanders' franchise, which includes characters such as Spyro the Dragon and Cynder, launched in 2011 with 'Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'

The next instalment, 'Skylanders Imaginators' is due to arrive in October.

Netflix is expected to premiere 'Skylanders Academy' this autumn.