Netflix is summoning more Italian talent to add to its growing pool of European projects with a new witchcraft series, Luna Nera.
The genre series is created by Francesca Manieri (Il miracolo), Laura Paolucci (Gomorrah) , as well as Tiziana Triana of Italian producers and publishign house Fandango.
If follows a teenage girl, who, after being accused of witchcraft, is forced to flee her village with her younger brother. She finds refuge with a group of women accused of practicing black magic and is forced to choose between an impossible love and a real destiny, in a world constantly divided between reason and mysticism.
Erik Barmack, VP International Originals of Netflix, says: “We are thrilled to develop such an original story with a new partner in Italy. The manuscript has a dense network of characters, refers to a mythology deeply rooted in local legend and offers us the opportunity to create an all-female show in a unique way in Italy.”
Domenico Procacci, CEO of Fandango, adds: “Our country has a wealth of stories, myths and legends that often inspire novels, films and even series from all over the world. With Luna Nera the ambition is to be us to tell this extraordinary narrative and visual imagination, trying to reach a global audience. Netflix is obviously the ideal partner for this project. Together we have the opportunity to create something authentic, spectacular and very original.”
The series is one of 10 new European projects announced this week by Netflix at an event in Rome, including its first Dutch original series, Mortel from France, The Wave from German and Money Heist Part 3 from Spain. Netflix has also ordered its first original movie, Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti.
“Our belief is that great storytelling transcends borders. When stories from different countries, languages and cultures find a worldwide platform where the only limitation is the creator’s imagination, then unique, yet universal, stories emerge that are embraced by a global audience,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, at the event.