Netflix Orders Psychological Thriller from ‘Damages’ Creators as Next Original Series
Last week saw the surprise revelation that Netflix’s breakout original drama ‘House of Cards‘ might only live through a second season in 2014, but it seems the streaming service has already lined up its next high-profile acquisition. Netflix has given a 13-episode order to a new as-yet-untitled “psychological thriller” drama from ‘Damages‘ creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, but what’s it all about?
According to Netflix, the hour-long 13-episode drama currently lacks a title, but centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. Like all other Netflix Originals, the drama will premiere all 13 episodes at once, entering production in early 2014.
“We were spellbound after hearing Todd, Glenn and Daniel’s pitch, and knew Netflix was the perfect home for this suspenseful family drama that is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Netflix Vice President of original content Cindy Holland. “Their work on ‘Damages’ was truly ahead of its time and we’re proud to be bringing our viewers this upcoming series.”
The Kesslers and Gelman too chimed in on the announcement, saying:
We are absolutely thrilled to be creating an original series for Netflix — a company committed to cutting-edge storytelling in a vibrant, new space. We’re equally excited about our relationship with Sony Pictures TV, which continues to provide us with unwavering creative support. We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television. The series is a tightly wound thriller that explores the complex bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and the rivalries, jealousies, and betrayals at the core of every family.
In addition to his hand in the acclaimed ‘Damages,’ Kessler also wrote and produced the second and third seasons of HBO’s ‘The Sopranos.’ What say you? Are you excited to see Netflix mine “the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a contemporary American family?” Will it stand up to ‘House of Cards’ or ‘Orange is the New Black?’