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Netflix grows sci-fi adventure with Wildseed

Netflix has commissioned a 10-part sci-fi adventure series from UK-based IP incubator and producer Wildseed Studios.

Paul Neafcy

Described as an action-packed sci-fi road-trip adventure, The Last Bus tells the story of a group of mismatched school kids who band together to face fearsome new machine intelligence.

It was created and is being written by Paul Neafcy, who was picked up by Wildseed Studios after posting his own films on YouTube.

Neafcy and Wildseed went on to work together on PrankMe for Fullscreen, before developing a 10-minute pilot for The Last Bus that convinced Netflix to commission a full series.

Also on board are directors Drew Casson, with whom Wildseed produced the low-budget features Hungerford and The Darkest Dawn, and Nour Wazzi, whose work on The Last Bus will make her the first Arab director of a premium drama in the UK, according to Netflix and Wildseed.

The series will be produced in Bristol and the South West of England and will be shot in Bottle Yard Studios, with pre-production starting this month and shooting beginning in the autumn.

Jesse Cleverly, Wildseed Studios’ creative director and co-founder, said: “Although, at the top level, The Last Bus is a shamelessly entertaining sci-fi romp, at another level, it is a powerful eco-fable about how the younger generation must be empowered to make very different choices from the generation which preceded it when it comes to the two big challenges of the age – environmental breakdown and hugely sophisticated artificial intelligence.

“We hope that by producing The Last Bus and releasing it simultaneously to a global audience, we will have made a small contribution to the pool of courage young people will need to draw upon in the years ahead.”

Miles Bullough, MD and co-founder of Wildseed Studios, added: “When we established Wildseed, our vision was to become the leading destination for promising talent looking to get their break into scripted primetime – plugging the gap between platforms and financiers looking for new talent and the ‘bedroom creators’ with the ideas.”

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