Netflix has announced its first International Original series from Belgium: Into the Night, which will feature actors from across Europe.
As a flight departs Brussels, there is a sudden solar event: the sun inexplicably starts killing everything in its path.
With this opening, Into the Night centers on the lucky passengers and crew of an overnight flight out of Brussels as they attempt to fly west — into the safety of the dark night. The plane’s manifest is multinational and multilingual, with passengers rich and poor, young and old, civilian and military. The seemingly ordinary travelers share but one thing: a desire to survive the sun — and each other — by any means necessary.
The six-part thriller is based on the best-selling novel The Old Axolotl by Polish author Jacek Dukaj, and will feature an international cast from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.
A production of Brussels-based Entre Chien et Loup (Public Enemy), Into the Night will be directed by Belgian duo Inti Calfat and Dirk Verheye (Over Water). It is created and written by Jason George (The Protector, Narcos), who serves as showrunner and executive producer. Other executive producers include Tomek Baginski (The Witcher, The Cathedral) and Jacek Dukaj.
Said Jason George:
“Within this high-concept thriller, Into the Night asks a basic question that’s heard a lot these days: Can people still unite for the greater good — or will self-interests tear us apart? I was drawn to the idea that a commercial flight is a makeshift community, packing together strangers with different backgrounds and beliefs. Sometimes, this leads to the forming of friendships. Sometimes, it’s arguments over armrests.”
Added Tomek Bagiński:
“The idea is taken from Jacek’s Dukaj great book, The Old Axolotl, about transhumanism. What I loved most in this story was the inevitability of apocalypse and the idea that you can run from it in a plane with a group of strangers who don’t even speak the same language. We never really know people we travel with — to realize that maybe those people are now your tribe — people your survival depends on — this is a base for a great drama and a great thriller.”
Into the Night will launch globally on Netflix in 2020.
Stay tuned for updates.
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