The SVOD giant Netflix has ordered its first German-language original series. DARK received a 10-episode order and will go into production later this year. It will premiere globally in 2017.
The drama is set in a present day German town where the disappearance of two children exposes a number of family secrets. The disappearances also tie into a similar event in 1986, and the story then takes on a supernatural twist.
DARK will be directed by Baran bo Odar, who is also behind the German box-office success "Who Am I: No System is Safe."
"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," said Odar in a statement announcing the deal. "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."
"Dark is an incredible German story that will appeal to a global audience," said Erik Barmack, the VP of 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."
"Dark is a milestone for the German market and for us as a company," said producer and co-founder Quirin Berg. "Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese are outstanding talents and we are glad they shared this amazing idea with us. We feel privileged to continue our collaboration with both of them and we are all thrilled to join forces with a great team at Netflix to create something truly unique."