Netflix working on first Dutch original series

Netflix working on first Dutch original series

Calling all TV fans - Netflix has finally gone Dutch! If you’ve ever been disappointed by the streaming giant’s somewhat scant Dutch-language offering (how else are you supposed to practice for that Dutch course?), you’ll be pleased to hear that they are working on their first Dutch original series, Ares.

Netflix filming in Amsterdam

Although Netflix confirmed a while back that a Dutch show was in the planning stages, the details were rather vague. Last week, however, they announced that filming on the new series had already commenced in Amsterdam. Netflix also revealed some details about the eight-part show’s plot and characters - and it all sounds very exciting!

Ares - Netflix’s new Dutch TV show

Billed as a “psychological horror series”, Ares follows best friends Rosa and Jacob as they are drawn into a secret student society in the heart of Amsterdam. These students seem to have it all - youth, wealth, sex and power. Gradually, however, the friends come to realise that they’ve opened the door to a terrible, demonic world. To mix with the Amsterdam elite, it seems, Rosa and Jacob have to pay a terrible price...

Are you hooked yet? So are we! If you’re worried you’re going to have to wait forever to get a first look at Ares, fear not - Netflix confirmed that the series would be released in late 2019. We’re hoping for a trailer in the meantime.

Supporting Dutch talent

Not only will the series be filmed in the Netherlands, but it also features a lot of home-grown talent. It is the work of Amsterdam-based production company Pupkin, well-known for its successful true-crime dramas. The series also stars Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot and Rifka Loseizen, two-time Golden Calf winner at the Nederlands Film Festival.

Netflix International Originals

With this first foray into Dutch content, Netflix is ramping up its production of international content. There are now more than 40 titles in the Netflix International Originals catalogue, with shows in every language from Japanese to Hindi. They also recently announced five new Spanish original series and their first German-language feature film. Hopefully, this means more Dutch TV shows will soon be on their way!

Abi Carter


Abi Carter

Abi studied History & German at the University of Manchester. She has since worked as a writer, editor and content marketeer, but still has a soft spot for museums, castles...

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