During the Rio Creative Conference, Netflix announced its first Brazilian zombie show, Reality Z. Based on the acclaimed British production Dead Set, created by Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror), the series has been adapted by Brazilian director, screenwriter and executive producer Cláudio Torres with Conspiração’s production.
An ode to horror, humour and pop culture, the show narrates in five episodes a zombie apocalypse that imprisons participants and producers of a reality show called Olimpo, The House of the Gods, during its elimination night. The studio becomes a shelter for those who seek salvation in Rio de Janeiro where chaos and hopelessness begin to rule.
The show is executive-produced by Torres and Renata Brandão. Torres shares the direction with Rodrigo Monte and the scripting with João Costa. This is Netflix’s first collaboration with Conspiração, one of the biggest independent feature-film production companies in Brazil.
“The combination of Cláudio Torres’ creative vision, our partnership with Conspiração and the talent involved in this project will make this adaptation of Charlie Brooker’s hilarious series Dead Set a truly special event for horror fans around the world. What is even more exciting for us is that these carioca zombies form part of the slate of 30 original series and films from Brazil premiering through 2020,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.
“It’s incredible to see the ways in which Torres has reimagined this series, setting it in a city as iconic as Rio and tapping into Brazilian pop culture in such a sharp way”, said Brooker, Dead Set creator. Brooker and Sarandos were in Brazil to attend Rio Creative Conference and paid a visit to the Reality Z set this week.
“My challenge was to turn a five-part anthology miniseries into a series that can unfold into many seasons without losing the spirit, humor and social critique that Charlie conceived in the original Dead Set. For a fantastic movie fan, direct the first Brazilian zombie series is a gift that Netflix gave me” said Torres.
Reality Z is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world in 2020.