Netflix continues to rely heavily on productions from German-speaking countries and is venturing into some very big material this year. The streaming service announced this on Tuesday during the online press conference for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
“Nothing New in the West”
Hundreds of battlefield extras take part in the remake of the anti-war classic by Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970). Castle actor Felix Kammerer can be seen in the lead role of the film. Other roles include Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl and Devid Striesow. “Nothing New in the West” is set to be released in 2022. Director Edward Berger (“Deutschland 83”): “Of course, we rarely get the chance to make a film like this from Germany.” The story has already been filmed twice in the USA. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 version won two Oscars.
“Blood and Gold”
After the worldwide hit horror thriller “Blood Red Sky” about terrorists and a vampire on a plane, Peter Thorwarth is now working on a world war drama for Netflix called “Blood & Gold” (working title). A German soldier learns that only a young girl survived from her family. As a deserter fleeing the SS, the hero struggles to find his child with a peasant girl he meets in the forest. Start: 2023.
The comedy “Faraway” (working title) written by Jane Ainscough and starring Naomie Krauss and directed by Vanessa Jopp is being marketed as a women’s film. Zeynep, who hardly values himself, flees Munich for a holiday home on a Croatian island that his mother has secretly bought – in the hope of finding peace there. Unfortunately, the previous owner Josip still lives on the same property. Start: 2023.
The sci-fi movie “Paradise” (working title) starring Corinna Kirchhoff and Kostja Ullmann is a dark dystopia with all sorts of moral questions. It revolves around a billion dollar corporation that has turned a method of transferring life from one person to another into a business. How many years of life are you willing to give up to pay or buy something? Start: 2023.
The spy, revenge and Berlin series “Kleo” with Jella Haase, set in the GDR and at the time of reunification, should arrive in summer or autumn – it comes from showrunners Hanno Hackfort, Richard Kropf and Bob Konrad (“4 Blocks”), who are also referred to as HaRiBo after their first names. Haase plays a Stasi hitman.
News from the creators of “Dark” Jantje Friese (screenwriter) and Baran bo Odar (director) has long been announced: the mystery thriller series “1899” with Andreas Pietschmann and Emily Beecham should be available in the fall. In it, the emigrants encounter a mysterious other ship en route to America.
“King of Stinks”
The six-part series “King of Stonks” is about going public, fooling investors and many “assholes”, as authors Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann put it. We find Thomas Schubert, Matthias Brandt and Larissa Sirah Herden in the main roles. The makers’ production of “How to Sell Medicines Online (Quickly)” is “inspired by real events in the financial world”. Departure is in summer.
New series announcements for 2023 include the eight-part series “Achtsam Morden” (working title) based on the book of the same name by Karsten Dusse and the six-part miniseries “Liebes Kind” (also working title) based on Romy Hausmann’s novel.
The Swiss “Neumatt” series should be available soon. It has already been broadcast on Swiss television: After the suicide of his father, a management consultant from Zurich must come to terms with life in the countryside and the legacy of the farm.
The real police production on the Gladbeck hostage drama is based solely on huge amounts of archival material and dispenses with eyewitness interviews. The intention was “to tell it as raw and raw as possible,” according to the creators. The film is due out this summer. The taking of hostages after a bank robbery in the Ruhr region kept Germany in suspense for days in 1988. Three people died. The media spectacle generated an ethical debate.
A five-part true-crime documentary series follows the case of ex-con Jens Soering, who was convicted of double murder in the United States. He was in prison in the United States for 33 years. The son of the German diplomat had been sentenced twice to life imprisonment for the murder of the parents of his then girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom. He first confessed to the 1985 murders, but later recanted his confession. The documentary, which will debut later this year, shows many facets.
It has been known for a long time: the second season of the historical action series “Barbarians” will arrive in the fall, and the Sissi series “The Empress” will arrive only at the end of the year – in December 2022. In six episodes on the first months of the Bavarian Elisabeth at the court of Vienna, Devrim Lingnau and Philip Froissant paint a portrait of the imperial couple. The RTL+ competitor launched its “Sisi” series with Dominique Devenport and Jannik Schümann in December 2021. ( dpa)