Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights to the coming-of-age, pandemic thriller series “The Island” from ZDF Enterprises.
The series is slated to premiere on Cinedigm’s recent digital network acquisition Screambox, a SVOD service for horror movies and TV series.
The eight-part series centers on a remote island in the North Sea that falls victim to a merciless and mysterious virus. As authorities rush to contain the disease, a fever of madness sweeps across the island.
The limited series was released in Germany last Summer. Cinedigm plans to premiere the series this July exclusively on Screambox, with two episodes releasing each week. The episodes will be offered in its original language with English subtitles and English dubbed.
“We are thrilled to bring ‘The Island’ to audiences this summer,” Yolanda Macias, chief content officer at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “The acquisition of Screambox gives us the opportunity to pursue titles within this incredibly popular and diverse genre to an underserved audience. Horror has a history of originality and we are eager to seek out titles like ‘The Island’ and provide a subtitled and dubbed experience to horror and thrill-seeking super fans.”
“In ‘The Island,’ a coming-of-age-drama and post-apocalyptic disaster thriller merge into a modern epic. In a radical, uncompromising manner, the series raises the question of what happens to us modern people when the thin varnish of our civilization collapses. It has all the hallmarks of a top-quality thriller,” Robert Franke, VP, ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, said in a statement.
The series is directed by Christian Alvart, who also wrote and directed the Netflix series “Dogs of Berlin,” and Adolfo J. Kolmerer.