Netflix is prepared to produce its first German-language series, for which it has approached the Oscar-winning team of Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg (The Lives of Others), claims a German trade publication. Mediabiz stated that Netflix’s German-language drama will have German filmmaker Baran bo Odar as its director, but nothing else about it is known for now.
Netflix’s first German series
Who Am I? was one of his successful local hits. Released in 2014, the cyber-thriller is about Berlin hackers and was produced by Wiedemann and Berg. The feature film, which starred Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek and Hannah Herzsprung, earned more than $6 million at the German box office.
Netflix has been producing high-profile original dramas in an attempt to boost its international operations. The streaming firm entered the German market in 2014. As of now, there has been no comment from Netflix on the German reports. However, it has been known that the streaming giant is close to producing a German series, and it is expected that in the coming days, it will make an official announcement.
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In December, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, spoke at the UBS Media Conference in New York and informed attendees of their plans to double the number of original drama series it produces to 31 by next year. The U.S. firm is already working on several foreign series, including the British royalty drama The Crown, French-language political thriller Marseilles and Suburra, which focuses on the Italian mafia.
Amazon beats Netflix in Germany
Netflix’s arch rival Amazon has beaten it in terms of local content in Germany. Amazon recently announced its first German-language series Wanted, which is a drama from Matthias Schweighofer, one of Germany’s biggest movie stars.
In other Netflix news, Love and Cooked are two new series that premiered on the streaming service. Love is the story of free-spirited Mickey, played by Gillian Jacobs, and Gus, who is a nice guy played by Paul Rust. They go through the ups and downs and uncertainty of modern romantic relationships. Cooked is a four-episode documentary series based on Pollan’s 2013 book and deals with historic culinary traditions and their influence on modern dishes.