No, this isn’t the sequel to Bright. One of Netflix’s most recent original releases, Dark, is officially one of the most popular non-English language releases on Netflix’s slate of programming and has been renewed for a second season. The German series transcended its international roots, connecting with American audiences who gravitated towards the offbeat story and effective visual style. Now, just a few weeks after the first season premiered on December 1st, Netflix is ready for the second round of Dark in 2018.
In the synopsis for the show:
When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and fractured relationships that exist among four families as they search for the kids. The mystery-drama series introduces an intricate puzzle filled with twists that includes a web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town’s troubled history — whether they know it or not. The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the same town in 1986.
The big wigs at Netflix are pretty excited about the show, too. In an effort to broaden the horizons of their original programming, the streaming service took a calculated risk in moving forward with such a high-profile foreign project. For the most part, American audiences avoid anything with subtitles, but Dark‘s story proved to be just too compelling, original, and irresistible. Once in a while, a foreign film or show really captures American audiences – another Netflix original, Narcos, comes to mind – and producing Dark was a big step towards getting American viewers to embrace European directors a bit more.
“When we first heard about Dark, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. Dark is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds,” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of international originals for Netflix.
“We are overwhelmed by the response to Dark and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience,” added showrunners [Baran bo] Odar and [Jantje] Friese. “Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unraveling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of Dark.”
Said producer Quirin Berg: “Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making Dark a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that Dark has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”
Dark is currently streaming on Netflix!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter