10:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Netflix Renews 'Dark' for Season 2
Netflix is ordering more Dark, its first German original series.
The drama, created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, is a family saga set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In 10 hourlong episodes, the story takes on a mysterious supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
Written by Friese and directed Odar, Dark is a chilling mystery-drama series full of twists. It first premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. According to Netflix, the show is now one of the most watched entirely non-English shows on the platform and has succeeded in transcending borders to connect with audiences in every country.
"When we first heard about Dark, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. Dark is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds," said Kelly Luegenbiehl, vp international originals for Netflix.
“We are overwhelmed by the response to Dark and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience," added showrunners Odar and Friese. "Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unraveling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of Dark.”
Said producer Quirin Berg: “Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making Dark a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that Dark has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”