Netflix Reveals Upcoming Brazilian Original Series 'Spectros'

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Douglas Petrie

A supernatural thriller set in Sao Paulo, the eight-episode show will be run by writer-director Douglas Petrie and produced by Moonshot Pictures.

Netflix announced on Thursday its new Brazilian original series Spectros, which sees exec producer, writer and director Douglas Petrie partnering with Brazilian production company Moonshot Pictures for an eight-episode show.

Set in Liberdade, a neighborhood in Sao Paulo known for its large Japanese community, the series will revolve around a group of five teenagers inadvertently drawn into an unearthly reality they cannot comprehend. Confronted by increasingly bizarre and grim events, the group will reach the conclusion that someone is bringing back the dead and those spirits want vengeance for the mistakes in the past.

Spectros is an awesome mashup of Brazilian folklore and real-life history, mixed with elements of the scariest Japanese ghost stories we could find — all played out on the colorful streets of Liberdade, and seen through the eyes of teenagers," said Petrie, whose previous credits include writing and directing episodes of cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well a writing for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and American Horror Story: Coven. He also served as co-showrunner for Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil and co-created Marvel’s The Defenders.

Spectros will bring us unique stories deeply rooted in Brazilian culture that touches upon universally appealing themes of love, vengeance and redemption making it an exciting show for everyone,” commented Erik Barmack, vice president international originals at Netflix.

Principal photography of Spectros begins in November and will debut exclusively on Netflix in 2019.