Netflix’s German-language sci-fi time-travel series Dark—created by Baran Bo Odar (director) and Jantje Friese (writer)—was recently wrapped up with its third and final season on June 27, 2020.

The series was based in a fictional town named Winden in Germany, where children from the town had been missing in an unfamiliar manner. Later, the narrative of the series unfolded that the missing children had unknowingly made it to the different years in the past due to the existence of time-travel.

The existence of time-travel intertwined four families of the time with a perpetual cycle of pain and suffering.

Till the end of the final season of the series, the Dark creators were successful in keeping the viewers entertained. Doing so, they, simultaneously, narrated, one of the best series finales in sci-fi history.

The same creators—Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese (who are also real-life partners)—have now teamed up for another Netflix series titled 1899.

In this article, we’ll learn about Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese’s new series 1899 and its series plot, release date, cast, and production crew. We will also learn about the past works (movies and TV shows) of the show creators.

Everything We Know About Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese’s Upcoming Netflix Series’ 1899’

After wrapping the Netflix series Dark, the show’s creators Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese have started their work on their pre-planned project titled 1899 in collaboration with Netflix.

A 2018 press release had previously announced the confirmation of the series 1899.

Speaking on that instance, Netflix’s Vice President International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl had shared that he was extremely excited to collaborate with the duo for the second time. He had also revealed that the idea of the 1899 series was completely different from the Dark series.

“We are excited to announce this second project with Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The fact that this concept is so radically different from DARK is a true testament to their creativity and versatility as creators, and we are excited to continue this journey with them,” told Luegenbiehl.


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Similarly, the press release also included a joint statement from the series creator duo Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese.

The statement read, “What really made us connect to this idea was the concept of having a truly European show with a mixed cast from different countries. At its heart is the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter.”


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Plot of Series’ 1899’?

According to the series’ synopsis released by Netflix, the plot of the series 1899 is based on a migrant steamship that is heading towards the west to leave the old continent from London to New York. The narrative takes an unexpected and horrifying twist when the steamship migrants encounter another migrant ship passengers on the open sea.


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The synopsis of 1899 released by Netflix reads,

The original series revolves around a migrant steamship heading west to leave the old continent from London to New York. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, are united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. When they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.

When is ‘1899’ Release Date?

The series 1899 is currently on its writing table, which means the filming of the series will take some time to begin.


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But according to What’s on Netflix, the series can be expected to get released sometime in the first half of 2022 if the filming and production of the series start by February 2021.

Having said that, the official release date also hasn’t been announced by either showrunners or Netflix. Hence, we must wait until official news comes out for the release date of 1899.

Cast & Crew of ‘1899’

Similar to its release date, the official announcement of the cast members for the series 1899 has not been released yet. 

However, we can expect “a mixed cast from different countries” in 1899—as stated in a joint statement by the showrunners. This diversity based approach means the series will feature many talented actors and actresses from different countries. In Dark series, Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese had cast all the actors and actresses from Germany only.

As for the crew of the series 1899, the show creator Baran Bo Odar revealed a few names involved in “writer’s room” through an Instagram post on August 3, 2020.


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The caption of the post that started with “1899 Writer’s room Day #1” mentioned the crew names such as Jantje Friese, Emil Nygaard Albertsen (Denmark), Coline Abert (France), Emma Ko (UK), Jerome Bucchan-Nelson (UK), Dario Madrona (Spain), Joshua Long (USA).

Movies & TV Shows of Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese Beside’ Dark’ and ‘1899’

In addition to series Dark and upcoming series 1899, the real-life couple, a.k.a. writer-director duo Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese have worked together in a few projects previously as well.

The projects include movies such as The Silence (released in 2010) and Who Am I - No System Is Safe (released in 2014).

And for the movie Who Am I - No System Is Safe, Friese was even nominated by the German Film Awards for Best Screenplay in 2015. Similarly, Odar has directed projects such as The Braun family (2001), Under the sun (2005-06), and Squeak (2005) individually.

Moreover, the 42-years-old director has been honored with ‘Adolf Grimme Award’ for ‘Best Fiction’ (Dark) in 2018; ‘Bavarian Film Awards’ for ‘Best Director’ (Who Am I - No System Is Safe) in 2014; and ‘Palm Springs International Film Festival’ for ‘Directors to Watch’ (The Silence) in 2011.


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Jantje Friese is a graduate in production and media management from the University of Television and Film Munich. Her partner, Odar, is also a screenwriter besides being a film and television director.