Netflix Expands Lineup with Sci-fi, True Crimes and Comedy
A lot is coming to Netflix in 2018
Netflix announced several high-profile projects this week, all hoping to release on the video-streaming service over the next year. There will be new True Crime cases to become obsessed with, and a brand-new comedy from Idris Elba. Also on the list is the return of the hit series “GLOW,” and a new project that reunites Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
One of the first series announced was “The Order,” which will have 10 one-hour long episodes in its first season. In the horror-series, college freshman Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society, The Order, where he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts. The series is being produced for Netflix by Nomadic Pictures, and comes from creator Dennis Heaton. Netflix hasn’t nailed down a premiere date for the first season yet, but the series will star Jake Manley (Heroes: Reborn), Sarah Grey (Legends of Tomorrow), Matt Frewer (Altered Carbon, Watchmen, Orphan Black), Sam Trammell (True Blood), and Max Martini (Training Day, Revenge)
Still a bit of a mystery, but confirmed earlier today, is the series “Maniac” starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. The show will follow two individuals that were part of a pharmaceutical trial that has completely gone off the rails. We don’t have a release date yet, but the series is set to release on Netflix in 2018.
Netflix also announced two brand-new True Crime Documentary Series, “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist” and new episodes of the critically-acclaimed series “The Staircase,” which will launch alongside the original ten episodes. The next chapter of The Staircase will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Staircase follows the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16 year judicial battle that followed. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was granted unusual access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death in 2001 in Durham, North Carolina. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist, quickly becomes the prime suspect.
The truth behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist,” is brought to light in the four-part original documentary series “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist,” from executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass. In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.
The Staircase is produced by What’s Up Films, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and produced by Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak. Evil Genius, is written & directed by Barbara Schroeder; co-director and executive producer is Trey Borzillieri; executive producers are Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun and Dan Braun.
You can get a preview of the True Crime cases coming to Netflix’s in the company’s promotional video below.
Outside the world of True Crimes, “Turn Up Charlie” is Netflix’s next big comedy. Idris Elba is the star of the series, he is also an executive producer with Gary Reich. In the show, Idris Elba plays the role of Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. The first season will have eight,half-hour episodes, and will be directed by Tristram Shapeero and Matt Lipsey.
The final project is Netflix’s third original series from Germany. “The Wave” will be produced for Netflix by the creators and producers of the award-winning film of the same name from 2008. Christian Becker will be Executive Producer on the series for Rat Pack Filmproduktion (Jim Button, Fack Ju Göhte) along with Dennis Gansel (The Wave, Before the Fall, Mechanic: Resurrection) and Peter Thorwarth (Bang Boom Bang, Not My Day) and in co-production with Sony Pictures Television (producer Astrid Quentell). The first season will start its production later this year and is expected to be available to Netflix members globally in 2019.
Inspired by a real experiment that shocked the world and the highly acclaimed hit movie, The Wave follows a group of rebellious teenagers. In pursuing their dream of a better tomorrow they build a community that spreads into a mass phenomenon. What begins as an idealistic and playful uprising against the establishment, soon starts to take a terrifying turn.
“We are excited to produce The Wave for Netflix and enjoy the creative freedom to turn this powerful and compelling story into a German series with a strong global appeal”, said Christian Becker and Executive Producer Dennis Gansel adds: “The Wave conveys a message that is more relevant than ever – and not only in Germany, but worldwide.”
“We are thrilled to announce our third original series coming out of Germany. Based on a highly acclaimed book and film, The Wave has everything it needs to excite global audiences,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix. “With DARK we have already proven that Germany is a home of great and globally successful storytelling. The combination of the powerful plot and the strong line up of German creatives that will be working on The Wave, makes us very excited.”
Netflix also set a return date for “Glow,” the series following a ladies’ wrestling team. The service confirmed that “Glow” will return for Season 2 on June 29th with a lip-sync promotional video.