Coming off its premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Neflix has announced a December 1, 2017, release date for Dark, the 10-part German mystery thriller created by showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese (Who Am I?). Shot in suburban Berlin earlier this year, the series also has a new teaser trailer that effectively sets the tone of the series without giving too much away.
See for yourself…
The series is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the series is that it appears to have found a way to put an interesting twist on the "whodunnit?" mystery cliche. It would appear that the key to cracking the case isn't to know who did it or how they did it…but when they did it. And as we quickly see from supernatural elements in the teaser trailer and description in the official synopsis, Dark doesn't look like it's going to be your typical Law & Order police procedural.
For bo Odar and Friese, the series represents a great opportunity for them to reach a global audience through Netflix:
"To work on an international series is an exciting and new experience for us. The opportunity to reach an international audience through Netflix is an incentive for us to explore German viewing habits and to push new boundaries. In doing so, we want to create a series that finds its fans both in Germany and around the world."
Dark stars Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne, Sebastian Rudolph, Anatole Taubman, Mark Waschke, Karoline Eichhorn, Stephan Kampwirth, Anne Ratte-Polle, Andreas Pietschmann, Lisa Vicari, Angela Winkler, and Michael Mendl.
(Reporter's Note: Do not sit on this series or write it off because of subtitles. The buzz on this series is strong so get ahead of the curve before everyone else annoys you about how they "knew" it was going to be great from the start.)