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Netflix Sets Isabelle Adjani & Famke Janssen Thrillers

Isabelle Adjani and Famke Janssen are to star in thriller series for Netflix coming from France and the Netherlands.

Two-time Oscar nominee Adjani is leading an untitled thriller from France about a young mother on the run who finds an unexpected opportunity to bounce back by becoming a picker in a prestigious flower farm in Provence. The mysterious death of the family patriarch of the company then casts her under the spotlight as the prime suspect.

The French TV series is being created by Nils Antoine Sambuc, directed by Marie Jardillier and produced by Newen-backed Itinéraire Productions and UGC.

Storied actress Adjani recently starred in Mélanie Laurent’s Netflix movie Wingwomen.

The show was revealed by Netflix EMEA boss Larry Tanz at Series Mania.

From Benelux, he unveiled Amsterdam Empire, the first series to emerge from the deal between the streamer and Belgian-Dutch Undercover creator Nico Moolenaar. Moolenaar is creating Amsterdam Empire with Bart Uytdenhouwen & Piet Matthys.

The show spotlights Jack van Doorn, the rich and notorious founder of the coffee shop empire Jackal, who has had to fight his entire career against criminals, competitors, and Dutch laws to become the biggest of them all. When his affair with a well-known journalist comes to light, it turns out that his most dangerous enemy has been living under his roof all this time.

GoldenEye star Janssen, who is currently in action thriller Boy Kills World opposite Bill Skarsgård, is also EP alongside Moolenaar, with another Newen company, Pupkin, producing and Jonas Govaerts directing.

The shows were revealed in the past hour by Netflix EMEA TV series boss Larry Tanz, who said that Netflix is shooting 40 series in Europe this month, although Netflix declined to say whether this is the most the streamer has ever shot during one month. Tanz said Netflix is working with 400 producers at present.

“Ping pong of ideas”

High Water. Image: Netflix/Robert Palka

Netflix has made a string of announcements in recent weeks, unveiling dozens of shows from the UK, Germany, the Nordics and Africa, while other streamers batten down the hatches.

Having 11 country offices gives Netflix the opportunity for a “great ping pong and exchange of ideas,” Tanz said, a contrast between the streamer and local broadcasters.

He cited a recent country lead developing a disaster series who could consult with the people who had overseen Netflix series of a similar ilk such as France’s Notre-Dame and Poland’s High Water.

“It’s a fun energy of ideas,” said Tanz. “People from broadcasters say, ‘I could never do that in the past but now if I want to I can just ask [Netflix Italy boss] Tinny Andreatta about something’.”

Tanz used his Series Mania address to celebrate local series like High Water. He said Heweliusz, the follow-up from creators Anna Kępińska, Jan Holoubek and Kasper Bajon, is Netflix’s “most ambitious to date” in the Central European nation.

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