Netflix Orders Postapocalyptic Dramedy 'Daybreak'

The 10-episode show is based on a graphic novel by Brian Ralph.
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Netflix has greenlit Daybreak, a mix of high school dramedy and postapocalyptic thriller.

The series is based on Brian Ralph's graphic novel of the same name and is co-created by Aron Eli Coleite and Rampage director Brad Peyton. For Coleite, it's the second series pickup from Netflix in as many days: He's also joined Locke & Key as an executive producer and did a rewrite of the pilot with creator Joe Hill.

Daybreak will follow Josh, a 17-year-old high school outcast who goes searching for his missing girlfriend, Sam, in a postapocalyptic Glendale, California. He's joined on his quest by high school bully turned pacifist samurai Wesley and 12-year-old pyromaniac Angelica. 

The world is also populated by Mad Max-esque bands of marauders, including cheerleaders who have become Amazon warriors and evil jocks, and zombie-like beings known as "Ghoulies."

Peyton's producing partner Jeff Fierson is also an executive producer of Daybreak through their company ASAP Entertainment. The duo also produces Netflix drama series Frontier, starring Jason Momoa. 

In addition to Locke & Key, Coleite's credits include Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes and The River.

Daybreak is the latest addition to a sizable Netflix library of shows starring teenage characters, ranging from American Vandal to 13 Reasons Why. The new series is targeted for a 2019 premiere.