Coming off positive reactions at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and ahead of its December 2017 release date, Netflix has released the official trailer 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, Dark is described as:
"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. During the ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986."
"'Yesterday, today and tomorrow are not consecutive. They are connected in a never-ending circle.'
A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations."
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 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 larger and more diverse 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.
Netflix is set to premiere all 10 episodes of Dark on Friday, December 1st.