Netflix is taking a swing at French history with a new series about the inventor of the guillotine. The untitled drama, set in 18th century France, poses a simple question: What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
The series will see Joseph Guillotin – the future inventor of the world famous device – investigate a string of murders. His sleuthing uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to kill ordinary people and soon leads to a revolt…
Created by Aurélien Molas and written by Aurélien Molas and Gaia Guasti, the eight-episode series is produced by John Doe Productions.
“When we discussed the idea of revisiting France’s History through an epic and truly breathtaking series, the first question we had to ask ourselves was: who would support us? Short answer – only Netflix for such a Revolution!” say Molas and Lardenois.
“Aurélien Molas is a very talented and innovative creator whom we are thrilled to be working with on our next French original series,” comments Erik Barmack, Vice President International Originals at Netflix. “We are excited to be able to bring to a French and international audience a series inspired by such a defining moment in History.”
The series is due to start production in 2019