Netflix has given the green-light to Marseilles, the OTT service’s first French-produced drama series.
The streaming giant has ordered 8 episodes for the show, which is described as a “tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city”.
Marseille tells the story of Robert Taro, who has been mayor of the city for 25 years. The coming elections have him facing the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly to keep or take City Hall.
Federation Entertainment, the Marseille based producers behind Dolmen and Sous le Soleil, is producing Marseille, which was created by Dan Franck. Pascal Breton is set to produce, while Florent-Emilio Siri and Samuel Benchetrit are attached to direct. Production is set to commence next spring and the series will premiere globally on Netflix in late 2015.
“Marseille is an ambitious, diabolically smart fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the worlds most vibrant and fascinating cities”, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “We are delighted to be working with some of the best storytellers in France to deliver a series that erases the line between film and television.
Marseille is the latest project to get a greenlight at Netflix and has the distinction of being the first project the streaming service has commissioned from a French production company. That said, the service has been commissioning series aimed at specific markets from local producers. One prior example is the Spanish language series We Are The Nobles from Mexican company Alazraki Entertainment and Netflix is also close to ordering a Queen Elizabeth II series from the Sony backed UK indie Left Bank Pictures.