Netflix has announced its first Belgian original series, Into the Night, which will be directed by Belgian duo Inti Calfat and Dirk Verheye and produced by Entre Chien et Loup. The series tells the story about retaining humanity in the face of a cosmic disaster, as a flight departs Brussels. The series will feature an international cast from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.
The six-part series is written and created by Jason George (The Protector, Narcos) who serves as showrunner and executive producer. Other executive producers include Tomek Baginski (The Witcher, The Cathedral) and Jacek Dukaj, whose best selling novel The Old Axolotl the series is based upon.
Michael Azzolino, Director of International Originals at Netflix, said: “We are happy to announce our first Belgian original series Into the Night. We are excited to work with this great international team of writers, producers, directors and cast to bring this unique series to life.”
“Within this high-concept thriller, Into the Night asks a basic question that’s heard a lot these days: Can people still unite for the greater good — or will self-interests tear us apart?” said showrunner and writer, Jason George. “I was drawn to the idea that a commercial flight is a makeshift community, packing together strangers with different backgrounds and beliefs. Sometimes, this leads to the forming of friendships. Sometimes, it’s arguments over armrests.”
Tomek Bagiński, executive producer, added: “The idea is taken from Jacek’s Dukaj great book, The Old Axolotl, about transhumanism. What I loved most in this story was the inevitability of apocalypse and the idea that you can run from it in a plane with a group of strangers who don’t even speak the same language. We never really know people we travel with – to realize that maybe those people are now your tribe – people your survival depends on – this is a base for a great drama and a great thriller.”
Into the Night will launch globally on Netflix in 2020.