Haute 100: Netflix to Debut First-Ever German Series


Netflix, the world’s leading streaming service provider, ordered its first Germany original series. The 10-episode drama titled Dark will follow four families whose lives will forever changes as a result of the disappearance of two young children. The story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

Dark will be directed by Baran bo Odar, whose latest critically-acclaimed film was Who am I – No System is safe, starring Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek. In a statement, Odar said, “We’re very excited to shoot the first Netflix original series, made in Germany. To be part of the family that brought amazing shows like House of Cards and Bloodline to its audience is a huge honor. As Dark will be an ensemble mystery series, I especially look forward to discovering and working with new German talent. This will be a fantastic ride and I can’t wait to get started.”

As for Netflix, the company is excited for its first-ever German programming. “Dark is an incredible German story that will appeal to a global audience.” said Erik Barmack, Vice President International Originals at Netflix. “Bo and Jantje are creative talents that have developed great projects in both Berlin and Hollywood, and we are thrilled to be working with them on our first original series entirely authored, shot and produced in Germany.”

Production is expected to start sometime this year 2016, with the series debuting worldwide on Netflix in 2017. Each episode will be one-hour long.

In addition to Dark, Netflix has announced a new original Anime series Perfect Bones. According to the streaming service, the 12-episode series is set in the future where scientists have tried to create the “perfect human” in hopes of keeping peace in the universe. After nearly achieving their goal through several children, the scientists send their “new humans” for further training where they are kidnapped by an evil organization set on using their powers to implement their own concept of a new world order.