German sci-fi thriller series Dark surprised many when it launched on Netflix nearly a year ago, managing (possibly thanks to a thirst for anything even remotely tonally similar to Stranger Things) to break into the public consciousness despite being - gasp! - a foreign-language show. So popular was it that the creators of that show, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, signed the first-ever overall deal between Netflix and European creators in June of this year.
Today, Friese and bo Odar have announced their next project for the streaming service: 1899, a historical horror show about European migrants on their way to America. It'll follow a collection of migrants from all over Europe aboard a steamship from London to New York, who discover another such ship adrift in the ocean. According to Netflix, "what they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare."
Historical horror has seen a bit of a resurgence lately, between the likes of Penny Dreadful, The Terror, and The Alienist, and 1899 looks to continue that tradition proudly. Clearly, in making a show about a boatful of migrants on their way to the US (with an international and multi-language cast), Friese and bo Odar are indirectly addressing one of today's most incendiary issues. Their statement on the show states that the show's heart is "the question of what unites us and what divides us. And how fear can be a trigger for the latter."
We're into this idea - a politically-conscious historical horror show set on a boat! - and we look forward to seeing it, when it eventually comes into harbour. Meanwhile, Dark is on Netflix right now, if you haven't seen it, and The Terror's second season - dealing with America's Japanese internment camps in WWII - deploys next year.