On the heels of its announcement a few days ago about its subscriber growth, Netflix revealed several new Euro TV titles headed to the streaming behemoth.
Just so you know, Netflix gained another 7.4 million subscribers in Q1 2018 — nearly 2 million of them in the US alone — bringing the total to a new high of 125 million subscribers in more than 190 countries worldwide.
Yesterday Netflix announced several new Euro TV (and UK TV) programs and offered up more details and first-look images and/or trailers about shows that are already in the works. So without any further ado…
NEW NETFLIX ORIGINAL EURO TV SERIES
Luna Nera (Italy)
This is an original genre series about women suspected of witchcraft in 17th century Italy. It is created by Francesca Manieri (Sworn Virgin), Laura Paolucci (Gomorrah), and Tiziana Triana of Fandango (Gomorrah), the series’ production company.
Netflix’s fifth original series from France tells the story of teenagers bound together by a supernatural force. Created by Frédéric Garcia, it will be produced by Mandarin Television (A Very Secret Service).
Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti (Forgive Us Our Debts) (Italy)
Netflix’s first Italian original film is a drama written and directed by Antonio Morabito (The Medicine Seller) and starring Claudio Santamaria (Romanzo Criminale), Marco Giallini (Rocco Schiavone), and Jerzy Stuhr (Historie milosne).
The story follows Guido (Santamaria), a reserved, solitary, and debt-laden guy who works as a shopkeeper and shares an occasional drink and chat with his professor neighbor (Stuhr). When Guido loses his job and is hounded by debt collectors, the only way for him to get back on his feet and get the creditors off his back is to work for them gratis until his debts are cleared. Responsible for training him is Franco (Giallini), a ruthless collections expert by day and a rather whimsical family man by night. As the two men work together, Guido encounters individuals with money who don’t want to pay up and people who’ve lost everything and can’t pay. When he starts following his conscience, Franco is forced to reveal his true nature.
The Staircase (France)
Shot in the US, this French production tells the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. The brand new episodes of this true-crime phenomenon will air alongside the original series. The Staircase is produced by Matthieu Belghiti (Jeux d’influence) and produced and directed by Academy Award® winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Three Times Manon).
The Wave (Germany)
Produced by Rat Pack in association with Sony Pictures Television Germany, Netflix’s third original series from Germany is based on the hit movie The Wave and inspired by the real-life events of a high school teacher’s experiment gone awry.
As Yet Untitled Series (France)
This docu-series — to be produced by Elodie Polo Ackermann of Imagissime-Lagardère Studios with Gilles Marchand (Who Killed Bambi?) serving as showrunner — is based on one of the biggest cold cases in French history: the shocking 1984 murder of Grégory Villemin, a happy four-year-old boy.
As Yet Untitled Series (Netherlands)
Created by production company Pupkin (Force, The Godless, The Neighbors) and launching in 2019, Netflix’s first Dutch original series is set in Amsterdam, where students have it all — youth, wealth, sex, power… and the portal to a demonic world from the Dutch Golden Age they opened by accident.
RETURNING NETFLIX ORIGINALS
La Casa de Papel: Part 3 (Money Heist) (Spain)
In Parts 1 and 2, heist mastermind The Professor (Álvaro Morte, El secreto de Puente Viejo) has his hand-picked gang of thieves infiltrate the National Currency and Stamp Factory building to print €2.4 billion in unregistered bills. No spoilers here, so you’ll have to watch the story to find out what happens. Know, though, that The Professor will be back, and he’ll be developing new heists that will be unveiled in 2019. (Woo hoo!)
Dark: Season 2 (Germany)
Production in and around Berlin on the eight new episodes of this mystery-thriller series with a supernatural twist begins on June 25th.
Paquita Salas: Season 2 (Spain)
This Spanish comedy series follows the eponymous talent agent (played in drag by Brays Efe of Paella Today!), who was big in the ’80s but in the late 2010s tries to rebuild her business after her biggest client leaves her for a competitor. Season 2 is expected to premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in summer 2018.
NEW DETAILS & IMAGES FOR PREVIOUSLY-ANNOUNCED EURO TV TITLES
(Read more about them here.)
13 Novembre: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur (France)
This three-part documentary exploring the human stories behind the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, will launch on Netflix on June 1, 2018.
Production has just started on this drama that is loosely inspired by the true story of the “baby squillo” scandal of 2015, which involved professional middle-aged men paying for the services of underage prostitutes in the Parioli district of Rome. Directed by Andrea De Sica (Children of the Night) and Anna Negri (Good Morning Heartache), the series features Benedetta Porcaroli (Tutto può succedere), Alice Pagani (Il permesso – 48 ore fuori), Isabella Ferrari (A Perfect Day), and Claudia Pandolfi (Romanzo Siciliano) in the main cast.
Dogs Of Berlin (Germany)
The second Netflix German original series centers on two contrasting Berlin police detectives who become a team against their will. When a Turkish-German football (soccer) superstar is murdered the night before a big international game, the pair is forced into a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld that confronts them with their own human weaknesses and criminal activities — and into a final decision on which side of the law they’re actually on. Here’s a first-look photo.
Set at Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain, this thriller centers on the clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose — a perfect storm that ends in a murder. Here’s a first-look photo.
Génération Q (France)
This is the official title of the romantic comedy series that revolves around the misguided attempt by a group of friends to help their amie Elsa (Zita Hanrot, T.A.N.K) rebuild her confidence and renew her faith in dating, relationships, and finding love. The cast includes Sabrina Ouazani (Inch’Allah) as Charlotte, Joséphine Draï (France KBEK) as Emilie, and Marc Ruchmann (The Chalet) as Jules. Produced by Unrated Studios, the series is expected to be released later this year.
Principal photography on this French original sci-fi drama series about an app for decoding true love is set to begin in June 2018. Thomas Vincent (Versailles, The Tunnel) will direct the first two episodes.
The Protector (Turkey)
Netflix’s first Turkish original series has confirmed its official title.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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