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Sky D unveils three dramas, underscores commitment to German originals

Sky Deutschland today took the wraps off three new German-language original series from Sky Studios, including a fresh take on Mary Shelley’s fantasy classic Frankenstein.

Nils Hartmann

Frankenstein Untold is described as “a radical reimagining” of the story and is being created and directed by Philipp Stölzl (The Royal Game, The Physician, North Face). The drama is currently in development at Neue Schönhauser Film (Back on Track).

The series explores the philosophical and political themes of the novel, is set in 1816 and will take viewers to the city of Ingolstadt, Lake Geneva and the North Pole.

Helgoland 513, meanwhile, is a post-apocalyptic drama set in 2034, when the North Sea island of Helgoland has become humanity’s last safe haven. A community of 513 survivors establish a new society based on how useful people are.

Written and directed by Robert Schwentke (The Captain, Red), the seven-part series is set to begin filming later this year, produced by UFA Fiction (Deutschland 83) in association with Sky Studios.

A third new series has been unveiled at Sky Deutschland’s Up Next event in Munich today, Huntsville AL. The series is described as “a visceral, character-driven and emotionally intense drama” and is set in the 1950s in the southern US town of Huntsville, Alabama.

The show follows the hundreds of former Nazi German engineers and their families who are recruited by the US Army for a secret missile project at the dawn of the Space Age.

Huntsville, AL is created by director Achim von Borries (Babylon Berlin), Nadav Schirman (The Green Prince), Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen (Euphoria, Valley of Tears). It is in development with Zeitsprung, Fremantle-owned Wildside and Beta Film.

Sky Deutschland said the shows confirm its commitment to further investing in premium original content for Sky’s subscribers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The slate comes after the global success the company has had with homegrown hits such as Babylon Berlin, Der Pass and Das Boot.

Sky Deutschland is also set to showcase more than 60 local and international Sky Original series across German-speaking Europe this year, including Souls from Geißendörfer Pictures and Munich Games from creator and writer Michal Aviram (Fauda), director Philipp Kadelbach and writer Martin Behnke, which receives its world premiere at the Munich Film Festival this evening.

“The new Sky Originals revealed today showcase the breadth of storytelling and creative ambition we are targeting on our original drama slate for Sky Studios Deutschland. We want the creative community in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to bring us their best, boldest and buzziest ideas as we invest further in premium original content for our customers,” said Nils Hartmann, exec VP of Sky Studios Deutschland and Italia.

“Tentpole, talked-about Sky Originals are a critical part of our overall content offering at Sky and our streaming service WOW. This year we’ll be bringing over 60 Sky Originals to our customers from across Europe,” added Elke Walthelm, exec VP of content, Sky Deutschland.

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