Netflix continues its march towards global domination today with the announcement of its first original Australian series: Tidelands. According to a company press release, Tidelands tells the story of a former criminal who returns to her hometown to discover magic and mysteries afoot in the small fishing village.
The first season of Tidelands will be written by series creator Stephen M. Irwin, the creative force behind hit Australian series Secrets & Lies and its American adaptation. Secrets & Lies producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield, and Leigh McGrath will serve as executive producers on Tidelands.
Netflix’s Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series, said that the streaming service is “proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series” and that Netflix “can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.” Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show, said that the agreement is like a dream come true for their creative team:
We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands – this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews. The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small-town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.
This latest announcement comes on the heels of other recent Netflix news out of Australia. Netflix has partnered with Australian studios to bring back an iconic 1980s Japanese adventure series with the upcoming Legend of Monkey, although that announcement has been met with some controversy due to casting choices. Just this past weekend, Netflix tested a series of experimental price hikes in Australia to see how customers would respond. No word yet on what the results were.
Ten 50-minute episodes of Tideland have been ordered, but a release date has yet to be announced. The series will go into production in 2018 in Queensland.