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Netflix Confirms Baran bo Odar’s ‘Dark’ Will Be First German Series

LONDON — Netflix has confirmed that it has ordered its first German TV series. “Dark,” to be directed by Baran bo Odar, is a family saga with a supernatural twist. The news was first reported in Variety on Feb. 19.

The show is set in a German town in the present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In 10, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986. The series is written by Jantje Friese.

Odar’s latest film, “Who Am I — No System Is Safe,” starring Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek, was a German box-office hit. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, won three German Movie Awards and the Bambi for best German film. Odar’s next film will be “Sleepless Night” with Jamie Foxx.

“’Dark’ is an incredible German story that will appeal to a global audience,” said Erik Barmack, VP of original series at Netflix. “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.”

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