Netflix and Amazon are clearly going head to head in a battle to win the eyes of the Germans as Netflix has confirmed that they have ordered their first German TV series just days after Amazon announced their own German-language original.
“Dark” is being called a family saga with a supernatural twist that centers around the disappearance of two young children in a German town. The 10 episode season exposes the troubled and double lives of four families and features a twist that ties back with the same town decades earlier in 1986.
The series will be directed by Baran bo Odar who’s latest film “Who Am I” went on to be an award-winning hit in Germany and will be produced by the team behind the Academy Award winning film “The Lives of Others” Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann. It will be written by Jantje Friese.
“’Dark” is an incredible German story that will appeal to a global audience,” Netflix VP of original series, Erik Barmack, said in a statement. “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.”
Unlike Amazon’s upcoming attempt at producing a German-language series, “Dark” is expected to reach a much larger audience upon release as Netflix will more than likely release the show globally from the beginning. “Dark” will be released in 2017.