Prior to its premiere, the excitement and expectation to see 1899, the new production from the minds behind Dark, She was tall. Nevertheless, Netflix decided to cancel the German production with only one season consisting of eight episodes. This was announced by its creators, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friesea, through a statement shared on their social networks. In 2018, the writers had signed an exclusive multi-year general agreement with the service of streaming.
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“It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that 1899 it will not be renewed”, the message reads. “We would have loved to end this incredible journey with a second and third season like we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. This is life. We know this will disappoint millions of fans. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this wonderful adventure. We love. Never forget it”.
The series was one of the most ambitious projects that the platform had during 2022 (it premiered on November 17). This production had been approved after the success of the suspense and science fiction story in 2017 entitled Darkstarring Louis Hoffmann. During its three seasons, it managed to build a huge fan base and managed to gain attention for the content that is being produced in Germany.
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To 1899the showrunners Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friesea decided to take the audience to the high seas: a steamer full of migrants heading west to New York in the United States. The voyage soon takes a shocking turn when another ship, the Prometheus, is discovered adrift in the open sea. This will lead the group of passengers of different nationalities to face a mysterious sequence of apparently supernatural events.
One of the peculiarities of this proposal for the streaming is that it was a multilingual production. In addition, it had an international cast that included actors such as Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musial, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, José Pimentão, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Jonas Bloquet, Fflyn Edwards, Alexandre Willaume, and Anton Lesser.
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In an interview a few weeks ago with The Hollywood ReporterAdar and Friese were still talking about their plans for a second and third season of 1899. “We always like to have an end before we start. We want to know where we are going. We are progressing on a story and we want to know how it will be resolved in the end,” said Adar.
He added: “In between, there may be some ideas that mix more freely. As we go through the process, ideas may change and move to a different position. For example in Dark, the idea of the parallel universe was always planned to be in the second season. Then, while we were working on it, we decided to move it to the third season.
The program is the first of Netflix to be shot entirely in a virtual studio, using state-of-the-art LED volume technology with a game engine that creates virtual sets and locations, allowing for complex visual effects shots in-camera. Filming was done at the Dark Bay LED studio on the Studio Babelsberg lot, on the outskirts of Berlin.
The entire first season of 1899 is available to view at Netflix.