It has been one year since we first reported that Netflix was developing their first German original series Dark, and while the news went mostly flat since its announcement, we now have the first trailer for the series that is being touted as a supernatural family saga, and it looks as if the wait will be totally worth it.
So much is packed into this brief one minute trailer, but we now have an idea of what direction Netflix is taking with Dark and clearly this new show is meant to appeal to fans of Stranger Things, which I have zero objection to. None at all. Many of the shows plot details remain a mystery, but with this teaser, we are given a brief look into the plot, which centers around four families who are on a frantic hunt to solve the mystery of a missing child, and what they unearth are some of their small town’s darkest sins and secrets.
During a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, Dark director Baran Bo Odar commented on the freedom that Netflix has given him, and the creators of the show, to make the series the way they feel it should be done. It is this approach that has led to breakout hits on the streaming service that otherwise would have been tightly controlled by network executives.
“We had absolute creative freedom,” Odar stated on Wednesday. “We could cast whoever we wanted, the actors who fit best for the role. Netflix gave us a budget and a couple of notes and let us do it.”
Dark has not yet been given a release date, but we now have confirmation that it will be released next Winter. That could mean either a late 2017 release or early 2018, but based on the amount packed into this trailer, I can confidently put my bets on a release for this year, not next. Let’s hope I am not proven wrong.