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Dark remains one of the best shows on Netflix. Although it hasn’t been as celebrated as Stranger Things, fans of the show have praised its plot and twists, casting, and music choices. Although it concluded in 2020, Dark creators Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese are back at it with their next production, 1899.
1899’s plot takes viewers on a cruise in a migrant steamship leaving for the west. The passengers all hail from European origins with hopes and dreams for the new century and future abroad. Their journey takes a turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift. What they find onboard turns their hopeful journey into a nightmare.
The series will star the likes of Aneurin Barnard, Emily Beecham, Anton Lesser, and Clara Rosager. Returning from Dark isAndreas Pietschmann, who previously played an important role.
Creators Odar and Friese revealed that 1899 will be filming with the latest technology available – a facility called “Volume” and a backdrop that renders the surroundings, removing the need for a green screen and reducing time in post-production.
Their previous production not only set the plot in Germany but was also filmed in the German language. Viewers could also use the English dub Netflix prepared.However, with 1899, Odar and Friese will be taking things to the next level by shooting the productions entirely multilingual as each actor will be speaking their native language.
“Being true to the cultures and languages was really important. We never wanted to have characters from different countries but everyone speaks English,” explained the show creators. “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 your culture and your behavior.”
Baran and Jantje promised fans that 1899 will bear some similarities with their previous projects but also remain entirely different.
“Knowing what we did in Dark, everyone can be assured that this is going to be something weird and wild and crazy,” said the show creators. “We don’t repeat ourselves. We really hate that, but it’s going to be a fun puzzle for the audience. We’re going back to our mystery roots. All the passengers on the ship are traveling with secrets they don’t want to get out. It’s built like a puzzle again.”