14 November 2018
Berlin, Germany - November 14, 2018 -- Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the creators of the first German Netflix original series DARK, announced their next project entitled 1899 as part of their overall deal with Netflix.
The original series revolves around a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent from London to New York. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. When they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President, Originals, Europe & Africa at Netflix said: ”We are excited to announce this second project with Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The fact that this concept is so radically different from DARK is a true testament to their creativity and versatility as creators and we are excited to continue this journey with them.”
Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar add: “What really made us connect to this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. At its heart is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.”
This Friday, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar will attend the Bambi Awards in Berlin - an annual media award that recognizes excellence in media international television - where DARK is nominated for “Best Series.”
The second season of DARK is currently in production and will be released globally in 2019.
About Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese
Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, both graduates of the University of Television and Film Munich, have been working together since Odar’s directing debut The Silence. Their most recent feature film is Who Am I - No System Is Safe with Tom Schilling and Elyas M'Barek. The thriller was celebrated at the 2014 International Film Festival in Toronto and was a critical and commercial success in Germany, awarded with three German Film Awards and the Bambi for Best German Film. Odar, who was included in the list of "Ten Directors to Watch" by Variety, made his Hollywood debut with Sleepless starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, which premiered on March 9, 2017. After writing and directing all ten episodes of Netflix’s first German original series DARK that won several Grimme Awards and keeps on growing a fanbase all over the world, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar are currently working on the second season of the award winning and critically acclaimed drama and will produce new series and projects exclusively for Netflix.
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