8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Dirty John,' 'Snowpiercer' Sell to Netflix for International Run
Netflix is adding a pair of highly anticipated cable series to its international offerings.
The streaming giant has secured international rights to TNT's forthcoming reboot of Snowpiercer and Bravo's Dirty John. As part of the pact, Netflix will also have the second-window U.S. rights to the latter anthology starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.
Dirty John is based on Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Goffard's reporting and podcast about "Dirty" John Meehan (Band), his relationship with Debra Newell (Britton) and his exploits. The series, from Universal Cable Productions and writer Alexandra Cunningham (Chance), explores how Newell's romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, deception, denial and, ultimately, survival — with shocking ramifications for not just her, but her children as well.
Netflix will air the series in international markets. Bravo will premiere the series in the U.S. before its run on Netflix. A Bravo premiere date has not yet been announced. The sale will help Bravo offset the costs of the pricey anthology, which landed at the NBCUniversal-owned cable network with a two-season order amid competition from multiple bidders.
As for Snowpiercer, the deal with producers ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Tomorrow Studios and Turner's Studio T will see Netflix premiere the series globally outside of the U.S. and China in 2019.
Jennifer Connelly and Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) star in the series, based on the movie of the same name. The series is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and explores the remnants of humanity aboard a massive, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Josh Friedman developed the drama and was let go as TNT picked up the series and later tapped Orphan Black's Graeme Manson as showrunner. (Pilot director Scott Derrickson has declined to return for what he described as the new showrunner's "radically different vision.")
The deals are yet the latest examples of how Netflix is impacting linear programming. In many cases, Netflix boards a series early on — like with Syfy's pricey George R.R. Martin drama Nightflyers — as a co-producer and helps offset the financials while securing streaming rights in the U.S. and, often, internationally.