Netflix Greenlights Second German Series, 'Dogs of Berlin'

Christian Alvart

'Pandorum' director Christian Alvart will be the showrunner on the cop series, which will premiere on the streaming giant in 2018.

Netflix has greenlit its second German-language series, giving a 10-episode order to Dogs of Berlin, a gritty cop show from German director Christian Alvart (Pandorum, Case 39).

The series follows a pair of German cops — one from East Berlin, the other an ethnic Turk — as they investigate drug cartels, the gambling mafia and neo-Nazi terror groups that rule Berlin's criminal underground.

Dogs of Berlin tells a gripping, modern German story that dives into the Berlin underground,” said Erik Barmack, vp international originals at Netflix. "Christian Alvart is an excellent storyteller and has proven his talent for the staging of spectacular thrillers both here and in Hollywood. We're excited to secure him for our second Netflix original that will be written, shot and produced entirely in Germany."

In addition to his feature films, Alvart has made a name for himself in Germany as a director of TV cop shows. He has done several episodes of long-running crime series Tatort with German star Til Schweiger that were huge ratings hits. Alvart will write, direct and produce Dogs of Berlin.

Dogs of Berlin will be Netflix's second German-language series following Dark, a thriller from Swiss director Baran bo Odar (Who Am I? No System iI Safe).

Dogs of Berlin will premiere exclusively on Netflix next year and be available worldwide.