New Original Series and Films in German – The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix unveiled a slew of new German-language original series and movies on Tuesday and showed the first images of the previously unveiled lineup from the Germany/Austria/Switzerland region.
“The projects are part of Netflix’s push towards local content with investments doubling to 500 million euros ($570 million) between 2021 and 2023,” he said.
During the company’s second virtual “Netflix Content Remote Show”, executives from the streamer’s team in the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland presented highlights of upcoming programming and introduced content creators and actors. German actress Hadnet Tesfai, born in Eritrea, hosted the event, which featured a total of nine series, five films and five non-fiction titles.
Several high-profile shows on the slate will focus on murder. Steffi Ackermann, director of local language series for the German-speaking region, unveiled several new German-language shows for the streamer, including Achtsam Morden (Conscious killing), based on the novel of the same name by Karsten Dusse, which topped German bestseller lists for months. It tells the story of a successful lawyer who, to save his marriage, finds a new work-life balance with the help of a mindfulness seminar and accidentally becomes a murderer in the process.
Other series recently unveiled include Cleoabout a woman from the German Democratic Republic who worked as a Stasi killer and embarks on a vendetta in newly reunited Berlin, and a series of thrillers Liebes Kind (Dear childworking title), based on the novel by Romy Hausmann which explores “the power of obsession” and “the human abysses in their darkest depths”.
Other shows on Netflix’s German-language slate featured on Tuesday included the previously unveiled Totenfraua revenge thriller centered around a female undertaker (played by Berlin dogs‘s Anna Maria Mühe) based on a series of novels by Bernhard Aichner and directed by Nicolai Rohde in co-production with Austrian public broadcaster ORF (with which he also co-produced Freud) and king of stones (former working title: Wire payment) creators of How to Sell Drugs Online (Quickly)which is described as “inspired by real events in the financial world” and explores megalomania and narcissism.
Among the series creators featured at Tuesday’s virtual event were Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, co-creators of the German original hit drama Dark who touted their upcoming horror/mystery series 1899about a group of European migrants who leave London on a steamer to start a new life in New York, only to encounter another migrant ship adrift in the open sea, turning their journey into a nightmare, and the team behind How to Sell Drugs Online (Quickly).
Ackermann also showed the first footage of period dramas The Empressthe dark saga of Sissi of Austria.
“Our announcements of new adaptations Achtsam Morden and Liebes Kind make our entire series team proud, and we can’t wait to show off our series highlights this year,” said Ackermann. “king of stones, Cleo, Barbarians, The Empress and 1899 – the second half of the year will be a real explosion.
Meanwhile, Sasha Bühler, director of Netflix, film, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), unveiled new film projects, including Farabout a woman in search of happiness from director Vanessa Jopp, and a thriller with the working title paradise, set in the near future where people can buy eternal youth, if they can afford it, from director Boris Kunz. She also boasted blood and golda new spaghetti western set at the end of World War II, by Peter Thorwarth (blood red sky).
Bühler also showed off the first images of various previously announced movies that Netflix has in the works. Among them was an adaptation, by director Edward Berger, of Erich Maria Remarque’s famous First World War novel In the west, nothing is new, whose cast includes Daniel Brühl; and Boubaa film prequel to How to Sell Drugs Online (Quickly) Jakob “Buba” Otto, a petty drug dealer played by Bjarne Mädel.
And Inga Leschek, Netflix’s non-fiction director for the German-speaking region, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, touted the upcoming Queer Eye Germany and highlighted the streamer’s success with true crime and reality programming. She mentioned that her team would be launching a large reality format later this year, but couldn’t reveal details yet, as another is currently in development.
“My first three months at Netflix have been exciting and moved incredibly fast,” said Katja Hofem, who joined the company’s German-speaking region team as vice president of local-language series in November. “When it comes to story development, our top priorities are strong, local stories with authentic characters, produced to the highest quality.”