The successful German Netflix series Dark ended a short time ago, but creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar will soon be back with their huge, ambitious new project, 1899. We’re getting our first look at the new series in June and we’re told the series has a November 2022 release date. Here’s our full look at everything we know so far about the upcoming German series.
As the title suggests, the new series will be a period drama, and the synopsis below suggests there will be elements of suspense and horror.
The series is now in production with a great cast and a small sneak peek. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming series from the creators of Dark and his production company, Dark Ways.
While not a trailer, Netflix did present a small sneak peek of the upcoming series in May 2021.
First Look at 1899 Available June 2022 on Netflix’s Geeked Week
Netflix’s Geeked Week poster confirms it 1899 will be involved on June 6, 2022. June 6 will specifically cover the list of Netflix series genres.
1899 🚢 advance June 6. https://t.co/5fFuwlQqwb pic.twitter.com/XVgoJ0php1
— What’s on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) May 30, 2022
what is the plot of 1899?
from netflix 1899 comes from the creators of Dark, so we can surely expect something very unique. Showrunners Friese and Odar gave some hints about the general direction of the series, albeit without any time travel:
“We don’t repeat ourselves, we really hate that, but it’s going to be a fun puzzle for the audience. We are going back to our mysterious roots. All the passengers of the ship travel with secrets that they do not want to reveal. It’s built like a puzzle again. knowing that we did DarkEveryone can be sure this is going to be something weird and wild and crazy.”
The synopsis for the new series is outlined below in the official press release:
“The original series revolves around a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent from London to New York. The passengers, a diverse group of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. When they discover another migrant ship adrift on the open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their journey to the promised land into a horrible nightmare.”
An updated synopsis provides even more clues as to what to expect:
“The eight episodes narrate the mysterious events during the voyage of an emigrant ship from Europe to New York. Passengers from the most diverse origins wait with hope for the dawn of the century.
Everyone dreams of a better future abroad. When they discover a second ship in the open sea that has been missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board turns their journey to the promised land into a nightmarish mystery. A web of secrets seems to link the past of each passenger.
In a joint statement, Friese and Odar commented:
“What really made us connect with this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. In the background is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.”
They elaborated on the idea later in a 2021 interview for Deadline:
The whole European angle was very important to us, not only in terms of the story, but also in how we were going to produce it. It really had to be a European collaboration, not only from the cast but also from the crew. We felt that with the last years of Europe in decline, we wanted to give a counterpoint to Brexit and nationalism on the rise in different countries, to return to that idea of Europe and Europeans working and creating together.
what language will it be 1899 be in?
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese revealed that 1899 will be fully multilingual, with each actor in the series speaking their native language. This will also be how it will be presented on Netflix. Odar and Friese made it very clear that they take the linguistic aspect very seriously and want to represent all linguistic and cultural aspects as faithfully as possible:
“Being true to cultures and languages was very important, we never wanted to have characters from different countries but they all speak English. We wanted to explore this heart of Europe, where everyone comes from somewhere else and speaks a different language, and language defines so much of it.” of their culture and behavior.
We just had a reading, part zoom, part with actors who are here. [in Germany], and it was an amazing experience hearing everyone speak their language, going from Spanish to French to Polish, and making it all fall into place. I hope it will also make English speaking people learn and love different languages.
1899 is a pioneer in its commitment to the authenticity of language. It’s exciting to be part of a truly international show. There will be points in the show where characters have trouble communicating due to languages; I don’t think it’s something we’ve seen before.”
who’s cast in 1899?
In December 2020, Deadline revealed that the winner of the Cannes Film Festival award Emily Beecham has been released in 1899, will play the role of Maura Franklin. Beecham is known for her roles in little joe, the search for love and she will appear in the next Emma Stone movie cruella.
In May 2021, Deadline announced that Dark alum Andreas Pietschmann also joined the cast of 1899. Pietschmann played the older Jonas in Dark and will play Eyk Larsen in the new series.
Since then, we’ve been given a more complete look at the cast. Here’s who you’ll see in 1899:
- Anton Lesser (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
- Alexandre Willaume (The Wheel of Time)
- Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk)
- Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (The Rain)
- Mathilde Ollivier (Overlord) will play Clemence
- Miguel Bernardeau (Elite)
- Richard Hope (no brainer)
- Clara Rosager (Morbius) will play Tove
- Jonas Bloquet (Elle) will play Lucien
You can see the full 1899 cast list here.
Where is it 1899 in production?
As seen in the tweet just above, writing for 1899 began in 2020. As of March 2020, filming was scheduled to begin in February 2021 and preparation to begin in September 2020. However, filming appears to have been rescheduled. As of November 2020, according to a job description for a language assistant posted on filmarche.de, production will start in April 2021 and end in September of the same year. On May 3, 2021, Deadline revealed that the production for Netflix 1899 had already started in April at Babelsberg Studios, Germany.
On November 24, 2020, showrunner Baran bo Odar revealed on his Instagram that the pre-production of 1899 has kicked off with a lens test, giving us our first look at the show’s costumes and setting. Sadly, this is not a cast reveal, as the people in the photos are stand-ins.
On January 5, 2021, Baran bo Odar revealed a photo of Shepperton Studios, where pre-production for the series is taking place. He also revealed that acclaimed visual effects studio Framestore will be working on the show. They have worked in productions such as The Witcher, The Boys, Wonder Woman 1984 and much more.
According to Odar’s production post, Netflix 1899 it will use virtual LED arrays that are said to be the future of filming and may largely replace green screens in the long run. They were most recently used at Disney’s the mandalorian.
“It’s literally a new way of making movies. We spoke to the team behind The Mandalorian, including the cinematographer. [Barry Baz Idoine] to understand more about the technology. It was clearly a challenge for every department, but we love a challenge, so we wanted to try it out for this show.”
Reed Hastings (Co-CEO of Netflix) also spoke about the innovative LED screens in September 2021, saying that Netflix is using “the most advanced production technology in the world”.
filming for 1899 It was initially scheduled to take place across Europe, but those plans were made before Covid hit the world, so things had to be adjusted and virtual sets were part of the solution. The showrunners explained that as well in the most recent interview:
“We originally planned to go to Spain, Poland, Scotland, all kinds of places. Pretty fast [after the pandemic started] we knew that might not be possible in the new future, so we fully embraced the idea of moving closer to Europe.”
Filming for the series ended in November 2021 with Baran bo Odar posting on Instagram:
“And that’s a summary of 1899! After 160 days of filming (117 for the main unit and 43 for the second unit) this incredible journey finally ends… good night. See you soon.”
Here are some more photos from the 1899 set provided by Netflix where you can see the LED screen in full effect.
In January 2022, we get an update on the music being produced in the series with a sneak peek:
— What’s on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) February 25, 2022
How many episodes will there be? 1899 season one have?
1899 It will have eight one-hour episodes in its first season. The pilot episode is called “The Ship,” as revealed by showrunner Baran bo Odar on his Instagram.
What is the release date of 1899?
The series was initially expected to appear on Netflix in 2021, but with production starting in April 2021 and ending in September 2021, that quickly became impossible and instead he was targeting a 2022 release date.
It was confirmed in early 2022 (as part of upcoming Netflix Germany programming) that 1899 It’s coming to Netflix in Fall/Winter 2022.
We have also heard through various sources that the series currently has a release date of November 24, 2022. Netflix was unable to confirm the release date in our requests for comment.
For those who want to keep up with everything related to 1899 is to follow the fan account that we have presented several times throughout this article. You find his latest tweets here.
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