First Look At Netflix’s ‘1899’ From the Makers of ‘Dark’


The new mystery series from Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar will be coming soon on Netflix and it is about a group of immigrants traveling by ship from Europe to New York at the turn of the century.

Netflix has revealed the first picture of 1899, the highly-anticipated new mystery series from Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, who created the hit and brilliant series Dark.

Friese and Bo Odar traveled to the 20th century for a story set among European immigrants trying to reach the “new world.”

The eight-episode series is about the mysterious circumstances around the journey of an immigrant ship from Europe to New York. The passengers, all of diverse backgrounds and nationalities, are united in their hopes and visions for a new century and for a new future lay ahead. But when they find a second ship adrift on the open sea that had gone lost for months, their trip takes an unexpected turn and their voyage to the promised land becomes an adventure into a nightmare.

In the first picture released by Netflix, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar stand alongside the 1899 cast decked out in their 19th-century finery. The show’s international cast includes Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musial, Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, José Pimentao, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Jonas Bloquet, Fflyn Edwards, Alexandre Willaume and Anton Lesser, among others. All the actors will speak in their mother tongue in the series, which was conceived from the start as a multi-lingual drama.

1899 has just started production at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. It will be shot uniquely on a virtual production stage with the studio’s new high-tech LED-Volume technology, which uses video game engine technology to make virtual sets and locations, allowing complicated visual effects shots to be made in-camera.

The virtual studio is owned by Dark Bay, a company set up by Studio Babelsberg and Friese, and Bo Odar’s new production company Dark Ways with support from Netflix. Film tech companies Arri, Faber, and Framestore are also included in the project of the virtual production stage that will be permanently located on the Babelsberg lot.

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