Before the new drama series ‘Munich Games’ celebrates its premiere at the Munich Film Festival on Tuesday night, Sky took the opportunity in the morning to take a look at its material for the next few months – and beyond. Three new high-end series are currently being planned, including “Helgoland 513,” which tells of an apocalypse that will turn the North Sea island into humanity’s last safe haven.
Problem: Helgoland totalitarian society tolerates only 513 people, and due to the scarcity of resources, the inhumane classification system ranks the lives of the inhabitants according to their “usefulness”. The story is told in seven episodes. The director is Robert Schwencke (“Captain”), who directs the UFA Fiction series based on the idea of Veronica Prever and Florian Winch. Filming is scheduled to begin this year.
Also new is “Frankenstein Untold” — a radical reinterpretation of Mary Shelley’s fantasy classic, Skye promised. Narrated from the perspective of eight different main characters, the series explores the epic, philosophical, and political depth of the novel. Philip Stolzel (“Schachnovelle”, “Der Medicus”) is the creator of the eight-part series and will direct all episodes. He wrote the script with Caroline Bruckner. Film Neue Schönhauser is responsible for the development.
Set in the southern United States in the 1950s, “Huntsville AL” is based on real events. Hundreds of former Nazi German engineers and their families are recruited by the US Army for a secret missile project, radically changing not only the sleepy small town of Huntsville but also the US aerospace industry. The creators of the idea are the director and author Achim v. Boris (“Babylon Berlin”), Nadav Sherman (“The Green Prince”), Ron Lechem and Amit Cohen (“Ecstasy”). The series is developed by Zeitsprung and Beta Film.
“The new Sky Originals films we unveiled today demonstrate the breadth of storytelling and creative ambition we pursue with our original drama series for Sky Studios Germany,” said Niels Hartmann, EVP Sky Studios Germany and Italia. “We want creators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to bring us their best, boldest and most exciting ideas as we continue to invest in premium original content for our customers.”
The “Munich Games” by Philip Kadelbach (“Weir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”) will appear on the screen much faster, even if it has not yet been scheduled. The thrilling drama series begins 50 years after the Munich Olympic attack and tells the story of a friendly match between an Israeli and a German football club that puts the police and secret services on high alert. It is fitting that Sky also examines the Olympic assassination from three perspectives in the documentary “1972 – Black September in Munich”.
In any case, Sky program director Elke Walthelm and head of entertainment Christian Assanger rely increasingly on documentaries: this year, the true crime documentary “22 July – Die Schüsse von München” deals with the background to the Munich OEZ attack in 2016. On the Ursula case Hermann Criminal and on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of her death in October, Sky will dedicate a documentary series to The Mysterious Death of Green Party policy and peace activist Petra Kelly – a project launched against the backdrop of the Ukraine war once again receiving added prominence.
Then there are other fantasy projects: the action series “Autoban” backed by production company Cobra 11, Action Concept, expected to be released by the end of the year. Ken Duquesne and Florian Bush play detectives linked by the same blood but separated by a tragic secret. “Popcorn lovers and depth-lovers can feel right at home with us,” says director Tim Tracht in Munich. Sky also has high hopes for “Souls,” which has already received prior acclaim with two Canneseries awards. The series starring Julia Kochitz was announced to air in October. It was already known that Sky will also broadcast the fourth season of “Babylon Berlin” this year and is working on new episodes of “Der Pass”, “Das Pot” and “Die Wasp”.
You can also be excited about Der Kaiser, the first German Sky movie. Actor Klaus Steinbacher plays Franz Beckenbauer, who did not participate in the filming. The story of life up until the 1990 World Cup win is told – so it shouldn’t be so important. Instead, the film should be understood as a tribute. “It was important to me that we make him happy with this film,” Steinbacher said in Munich. The former Sky expert doesn’t have to fear his longtime TV employer will scratch his monument.