×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix Orders ‘Alma,’ From ‘The Orphanage,’ ‘Marrowbone’s’ Sergio G. Sánchez

Supernatural drama project, produced by Belén Atienza ('Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'), Sandra Hermida ('Arde Madrid') and Jesús de la Vega ('Intruders')

MADRID  — Sergio G. Sánchez, scribe of J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” has signed with Netflix to create and direct “Alma,” the streaming giant’s fifth original scripted series in Spain.

A young adult supernatural drama, “Alma” is produced by Belén Atienza, a regular production partner on such Bayona movies as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “The Impossible,” “The Orphanage” and “A Monster Calls,” and also on TV series “Penny Dreadful.”

A 10-episode, 50-minute series, “Alma’s” principal photography and global release on Netflix are scheduled for 2020.

The series follows a young girl called Alma who survives a bus crash that killed most of her classmates. When she awakes with no memories of the incident or her past, her parents seem like strangers and her home becomes a place filled with secrets and mystery.

Alma gets the growing suspicion that everyone around her is lying, trying to turn her into someone else. Trapped in a world that doesn’t feel her own, she must unravel the events that led to the accident before her true identity vanishes forever.

A screenwriter-turned-director, Sánchez debuted in 2016 as a helmer with Telecinco Cinema’s Lionsgate Intl.-sold movie “Marrowbone,” god-fathered by Bayona, who served as an executive producer.

“’Alma’ explores my favorite themes: the journey from childhood to maturity, the threshold between life and death, the emotional space where fantasy merges with reality, only this time on a broader canvas that will give me the opportunity to expand the narrative into multi layered, intertwined storylines with a broader spectrum of characters,” Sánchez said in a statement.

“It’s going to be very exciting to bring this rich universe to life and I’m thrilled that Netflix is giving me the chance to reach a global audience with a Spanish-language series that is deeply rooted in my own obsessions as a storyteller,” he added.

Sánchez has teamed with Teresa de Rosendo (“Servir y proteger”) and Paul Pen (“The Warning”) to write “Alma’s” script.

Also producing the series  are Sandra Hermida, producer of Paco León’s Movistar + original series “Arde Madrid,” and Jesús de la Vega, with credits such as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s film “Intruders,” are.

“It is a joy and a privilege for us to be joining forces with Netflix to bring to the screen Sergio’s unique and groundbreaking universe. People all around the world will be thrilled and inspired by a harrowing storytelling that springs genuine emotions from the darkest places,” the producers said.

“Alma” marks the fifth original scripted series announced by Netflix in Spain. The first, Bambú Producciones’ “The Cable Girls,” debuted in 2016 and has been renewed for Season 4.

The SVOD platform greenlit in October Season 2 of Zeta Audiovisual’s teen mystery series “Elite,” while Weekend Studio’s “Hache,” created by Verónica Fernández, and “Alta Mar,” another Bambú TV drama, are scheduled to launch by next year.

More Digital

  • Lauren Dolgen Exits as BuzzFeed Studios

    Lauren Dolgen Exits as BuzzFeed Studios Boss After a Year

    Veteran TV producer Lauren Dolgen has departed as head of BuzzFeed Studios after one year in the job. BuzzFeed had hired Dolgen, a longtime MTV producer who worked on shows including “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” as head of BuzzFeed Studios to oversee the company’s slate of original content. Based in L.A., she had [...]

  • Snap-Derek-Andersen-Lara-Sweet

    Snap Fills Out Senior Ranks With CFO, HR Chief Appointments

    Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures. The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will [...]

  • Oculus Quest Gets Netflix App, But

    Oculus Quest Will Have Netflix, but Not Plex or HBO

    Facebook’s new Oculus Quest headset is launching with a number of high-profile gaming titles this Tuesday. Media apps on the other hand will take a bit of backseat, with some key players sitting this latest headset out for the time being. First, the good news for anyone who has pre-ordered the headset: One of the [...]

  • Lester Holt

    Chris Berend Tapped to Oversee NBC News' Digital Efforts

    Chris Berend, an executive who has been overseeing digital video for CNN and helped launch Great Big Story, a streaming-video site aimed at younger audiences, will jump to NBC News to lead its digital efforts. Berend will replace Nick Ascheim, who will move into a new role that is described as “improving digital and product [...]

  • Vogue, Conde Nast Entertainment Make Robert

    Robert Semmer Joins Condé Nast Entertainment & Vogue as Vice President of Video

    Condé Nast Entertainment and Vogue have named former Vice and Fader video executive Robert Semmer as their new vice president of video. Semmer will be based in New York and report to Croi McNamara, senior vice president of programming for Condé Nast Entertainment. “Anna and I are thrilled to welcome Robert to our award-winning video [...]

  • CEO of T-Mobile John Legere (L)

    FCC Chairman Backs T-Mobile, Sprint Merger With New Conditions

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a thumbs-up to T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed $26 billion merger, after the companies committed to enhanced 5G buildout commitments and agreed to spin off Sprint’s Boost Mobile. T-Mobile and Sprint first announced their plans to merge in April 2018, looking to combine forces to take on industry leaders AT&T and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content