Netflix announced today that it is greenlighting its first German series, the supernatural thriller “Dark,” which will debut exclusively on the streaming service in 2017. Production is scheduled to start later this year.
Netflix launched in Germany in Sept. 2014.
Set in a town in present-day Germany, the series will explore how the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families, with a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
The series’ ten hour-long episodes will be helmed by Swiss-born director Baran bo Odar, whose 2014 film “Who Am I — No System is Safe,” starring Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek, won three German Movie Awards and the Bambi for Best German Film.
Odar makes his English-language debut with the Open Roads Films feature “Sleepless Night,” a remake of the French film “Nuit Blanche” starring Jamie Foxx, Dermot Mulroney and Michelle Monaghan that shot in Atlanta and Las Vegas last summer.
“Dark” will reunite Odar with the writer of “Who Am I,” Jantje Friese, as well as its producers Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann, whose first feature “The Lives of Others” won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007.
“Dark” comes on the heels of Netflix’s recent acquisition of the German feature “Look Who’s Back,” a satire that shows what happens when Adolf Hitler wakes up in his Berlin bunker 70 years after his supposed death and launches a new career as a television comedian.
The premise is reminiscent the short-lived 1990 British sitcom “Heil, Honey, I’m Home” (above), in which Adolf and girlfriend Eva Braun move in next door to a Jewish couple and not-so-hilarious hijinks ensue.