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Netflix reunites with Daredevil writer

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US streaming giant Netflix is partnering with the showrunner of its original superhero series Marvel’s Daredevil for its latest original Brazilian series.

Douglas Petrie, writer and director on cult 1990s fantasy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is teaming up with Brazilian prodco Moonshot Pictures for eight-episode supernatural thriller Spectros.

The series centres on Liberdade, a neighbourhood in São Paulo known for its large Japanese community. Five friends are drawn into a macabre reality that someone is raising the dead to wreak vengeance for mistakes done to them in the past.

Spectros is based on a concept developed by Michael Ruman, Anderson Almeida and Antônio de Freitas. Petrie has written and created the series and will oversee the project as exec producer and director.

Ruman, Almeida, de Freitas, Janaína Tokitaka and Paula Knudsen will also serve as writers. Roberto D’Avila and Suraia Lenktaitis are producing for Moonshot. The series was ordered by Erik Barmack, VP of international originals at Netflix.

“Spectros is a mash-up of Brazilian folklore and real-life history, mixed with elements of the scariest Japanese ghost stories we could find – all played out on the colourful streets of Liberdade, and seen through the eyes of teenagers,” said Petrie.

Spectros joins a growing list of Brazilian series for the streamer, which already has Samantha!, O Mecanismo, O Matador and 3% on its slate. Most recently, Barmack announced mob thriller The Faction.

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