Netflix is remaking Dead Set into a new Brazilian series.
The miniseries, created by Charlie Brooker, combined reality TV satire with zombie horror, resulting in a horror hit that parodied Big Brother and turned Brooker from a newspaper columnist and scathing presenter into a TV creator of note.
Now, after several seasons of his dystopian tech anthology Black Mirror have been released on Netflix, the streaming giant has announced that it’s adapting the show into its first Brazilian zombie show.
The series will be adapted by International Emmy award-winning Brazilian director, screenwriter and executive producer Cláudio Torres with Conspiração’s producing – one of the biggest independent feature-film production companies in Brazil. An ode to horror, humor and pop culture, the show narrates in five episodes a zombie apocalypse that imprisons participants and producers of a reality show called Olimpo, The House of the Gods, during its elimination night. The studio becomes a shelter for those who seek salvation in Rio de Janeiro where chaos and hopelessness begin to rule.
Principal photography has commenced, starring Guilherme Weber (O Negócio, Real: O Plano por Trás da História), Jesus Luz (Guerra dos Sexos, Aquele Beijo), Ana Hartmann (Onde Nascem os Fortes, Me Chama de Bruna), Emilio de Mello (Psi, O Outro Lado do Paraíso) Carla Ribas (Casa de Alice, Aquarius), Luellem de Castro (Malhação, Veronica), Ravel Andrade (Sessão de Terapia, Onde Nascem os Fortes), and Sabrina Sato (A Grande Vitória, O Concurso).
The show is executive-produced by Cláudio Torres and Renata Brandão. Cláudio shares the direction with Rodrigo Monte and the scripting with João Costa.
“The combination of Cláudio Torres’ creative vision, our partnership with Conspiração and the talent involved in this project will make this adaptation of Charlie Brooker’s hilarious series Dead Set a truly special event for horror fans around the world. What is even more exciting for us is that these carioca zombies form part of the slate of 30 original series and films from Brazil premiering through 2020,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, who announced the news at Rio Creative Conference’s Primetime panel this week.
“It’s incredible to see the ways in which Torres has reimagined this series, setting it in a city as iconic as Rio and tapping into Brazilian pop culture in such a sharp way”, added Brooker, who paid a visit to the Reality Z set this week.
“My challenge was to turn a five-part anthology miniseries into a series that can unfold into many seasons without losing the spirit, humor and social critique that Charlie conceived in the original Dead Set. For a fantastic movie fan, direct the first Brazilian zombie series is a gift that Netflix gave me” commented Torres.
Reality Z will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world in 2020.