Netflix Orders 'Elite,' Its Second Original From Spain

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The murder mystery set at an elite school is led by Francisco Ramos, of such box-office hits as 'I Want You' and 'Three Meters Above Heaven.'

Netflix has ordered its second original Spanish series, Elite, which focuses on teens at a posh private school in Spain.

The drama is scheduled for a worldwide premiere on Netflix in 2019.

Elite boasts one of the most successful writing teams in Spain’s current TV landscape — Carlos Montero (Physical or Chemical) and Dario Madrona (Genesis), who also co-created the hit The Protected. Zeta Producciones will produce the eight-episode first season entirely in 4K, with executive producer Francisco Ramos — who worked on box-office hits I Want You and Three Meters Above Heaven — heading up the project.

“We [are] excited about working with such important writers and producers within the Spanish industry on a very different kind of teen thriller that will cross borders and affect audiences globally,” said Erik Barmack, vp original series at Netflix.

Elite tells the story of teens that get into Spain’s most elite private school only to find three students from underprivileged families admitted when their public school crumbles because of an earthquake. Tensions run high and culminate in a murder. But who committed the crime? 

“Making a series for teens is very exciting because it is a time of life in which everything is transcendent. We are thrilled to work on a series about desire and the need to fit into a society where everything seems perfect, but where everything can go wrong,” Ramos said.

The murder mystery follows the success of an original period piece from Spain, Cable Girls, which focuses on four women at the National Telephone Company who ring in revolution as they manage romance, friendship and the modern workplace. Netflix recently said the second season of that Spanish original would premiere in December and also ordered a third season from Spanish production house Bambu for 2018.

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