Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the creative duo behind both Dark and the gone-too-soon 1899, reveal their fittingly grim new Netflix show.

Dark creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese will next tackle an adaptation of Something Is Killing the Children for Netflix following the streamer’s cancellation of 1899. Dark was first released on Netflix in 2017, announcing bo Odar and Friese as a uniquely talented creative duo. After that show’s conclusion satisfying conclusion after 3 seasons, the team next released 1899, a mystery/ science-fiction show that garnered a passionate following, but, according to Netflix, lacked the viewership numbers needed to justify a season 2.


Now, per THR, bo Odar and Friese have announced their next project at Netflix after the streamer axed 1899 back in January. The duo is next setting their sights on an adaptation of Something Is Killing The Children, a hit comic by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’edera and published by Boom! Studios. Bo Odar and Friese will serve as writers, showrunners, and executive producers on the new series, which revolves around a small town plagued by child-eating monsters and the young woman who sets out to hunt the creatures.

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What To Expect From Something Is Killing The Children

Erica Slaughter on the cover of Something Is Killing the Children book one.

Something Is Killing the Children was first released as a limited run in 2019, quickly developing a strong following and being promoted to ongoing. The upcoming adaptation appears as if it will be an interesting addition to bo Odar and Friese’s resumes, with the series allowing them to lean into the horror genre much more. Both Dark and 1899 have delved into horror territory on occasion, but Something Is Killing the Children will seemingly take this to a new level entirely.

Something Is Killing the Children also features a very different type of protagonist compared to the creative duo’s previous work, with a female monster hunter aptly named Erica Slaughter at the center of the story. Unlike 1899, which featured several protagonists who slowly uncover a greater mystery, Something Is Killing the Children will seemingly feature a hero who is much more active and assured, rallying other teens to her cause. Both Dark and 1899 were rated TV-MA, with both shows featuring occasional shocking violence, and it seems likely that the upcoming adaptation will continue this rating trend.

While Dark ran for three acclaimed seasons on Netflix, telling a complete story, 1899 was cut short before too many of the show’s real mysteries were revealed. It’s unclear if 1899‘s cancellation will have any effect on Something Is Killing the Children in terms of the story it tells in season 1 and the mysteries it may leave unsolved. Unfortunately, it isn’t yet known when audiences should expect Something Is Killing the Children to land on Netflix, but it likely won’t be anytime soon.

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Source: THR

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