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Netflix Announces New French-Based Series

Now that Netflix has conquered the U.S. and Great Britain with its original programming, the streaming site has decided to branch out into more international fare. Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos announced additional details surrounding the site’s first French series, Marseille, created by Dan Franck, the mastermind behind the series Carlos.

The French drama is set to be filmed solely in France, and will look into the power struggles, corruption and redemption the French city. It will follow Robert Taro, mayor of Marseille for 25 years, who will face off against his own hand-picked successor in the upcoming elections. Joining in the fray will be other politicians, drug kingpins, and unions- making the series sound quite a bit like a French The Wire.

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Marseille is an ambitious, diabolically smart fictitious exploration of local politics in one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating cities.” said Sarandos in a statement. “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.”

Casting for the series has yet to be announced, but Netflix stated that the series is expected to be released across all of its international platforms in the Spring of 2015.

 

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