Netflix has ordered an untitled eight-episode series from the UK’s New Pictures.
The streaming giant is making a concerted effort to step up its investment in European productions (licensed, original and co-productions). Indeed, Netflix has invested more than $1.75 billion in European productions since 2012, including more than 90 original productions in various stages of development. The UK has formed a major part of that push, including a number of co-productions, such as Marcella (ITV), Kiss Me First (Channel 4), Watership Down (BBC) and The Last Kingdom (BBC). They are capped by The Crown, Netflix’s Golden Globe-winning period drama about the Royal Family.
Now, Netflix is stepping up its genre output too, with this new untitled supernatural series. The show is created and written by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. Elkington made the short film The North London Book of the Dead, while Duric was a storyboard artist on The Crown. Farren Blackburn serves as executive producer alongside New Pictures’ Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Willow Grylls. New Pictures has previously been behind such shows as The Missing and Indian Summers, and is also producing Netflix’s Requiem, a co-production with BBC.
Blackburn will direct six episodes in the series, which is being produced in the UK and Norway.