Netflix has announced three new Euro TV series: one from the creators of Dark, one that revisits French history, and one that features a beloved character of Nordic noir fiction.
From Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the creators of Netflix’s first German Original series Dark, this new drama revolves around a migrant steamship heading west, from London to New York, to leave the old continent. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But when they discover another migrant ship adrift on the open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.
Said Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar:
“What really made us connect to this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. At its heart is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.”
Stay tuned for updates.
This new Netflix Original series features the protagonist of the late, great Henning Mankell’s best-selling “Kurt Wallander Mystery” novels.
Set in contemporary Sweden, Young Wallander sees iconic detective Kurt Wallander investigate his gripping first case. The story focuses on the formative experiences — professional and personal — faced by Kurt as a recently graduated police officer in his early twenties.
Created by Yellow Bird UK (which produced the BBC series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh), Young Wallander is an English-language drama that is told over six serialized episodes and features both British and Swedish cast.
Erik Barmack, Vice President, Head of International Originals at Netflix, said:
“The Wallander novels have sold 40 million copies and been translated into over 40 different languages, while still being true and authentic to the Swedish noir that Mankell helped create. And the series created by Yellow Bird have also been fantastic global and local successes. Netflix is thrilled to continue this tradition and add new layers to the fantastic legacies that Mankell and Yellow Bird have created.”
Berna Levin, Creative Director, Yellowbird UK, added:
“Henning Mankell’s beloved detective Kurt Wallander has a special place in our hearts as his eponymous series was the first Yellow Bird ever produced. So, it is with tremendous joy and pride that we embark on this new journey together with Netflix as our first production through Yellow Bird UK. Getting to meet Wallander as a young man and explore how the times and his new experiences will shape him to eventually become the man we already know and love is a thrilling opportunity. We are confident he will captivate new audiences and delight longstanding fans once again with his sharp intelligence, youthful enthusiasm, and unmistakable humanity.”
Production on Young Wallander starts during 2019. Stay tuned for updates.
AS-YET UNTITLED NEW NETFLIX ORIGINAL FRENCH SERIES
This historical drama of eight hour-long episodes, created by Aurélien Molas (Maroni, les fantômes du fleuve) and written by Molas and Gaia Guasti (Red Needles), is set in 1787 France.
While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin — the future inventor of the world famous guillotine — uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease quickly spread amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people, and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
The series is due to start production in 2019. Stay tuned for updates.
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