September 3, 2019
Netflix Sept. 3 announced its first Belgian original TV series, “Into the Night,” which will be directed by Belgian duo Inti Calfat and Dirk Verheye (Over Water) and produced by Entre Chien et Loup.
“Into the Night” 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 show begins with a sudden solar event, as the sun inexplicably starts killing everything in its path. The show centers around the ‘lucky’ passengers and crew of an overnight flight out of Brussels, as they attempt to fly west — into the safety of the dark night.
The plane’s manifest is multinational and multilingual, with passengers rich and poor, young and old, civilian and military. The seemingly ordinary travelers share but one thing: A desire to survive the sun — and each other — by any means necessary.
“We are excited to work with this great international team of writers, producers, directors and cast to bring this unique series to life,” Michael Azzolino, director of international originals at Netflix, said in a statement.
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.
“I was drawn to the idea that a commercial flight is a makeshift community, packing together strangers with different backgrounds and beliefs,” George said. “Sometimes, this leads to the forming of friendships. Sometimes, it’s arguments over armrests.”
Executive producer Tomek Bagiński said that in real life air travelers never really know the people they are traveling with. And now they are dependent upon one another for survival.
“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,” he said.
“Into the Night” will launch globally on Netflix in 2020.