Expanding its library of international content, Netflix has signed a multi-year creative partnership with Anna Winger, author and the creator of Netflix’s Unorthodox. The project comes from her production company Airlift Productions. One of the first projects to come out of this deal will be a new period drama series, temporarily titled Transatlantic.
Transatlantic was first announced in September 2021 and this preview has and will be updated over time to reflect new information.
Based in Berlin, Airlift is working with writers from around the world on projects set in Europe, Africa, and the UK. Winger will also work with Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative to help foster the next generation of talent in Europe.
“Berlin is a crossroads for international artists. As an American living and working here, far from Hollywood, my work is deeply rooted in local conversations. I founded Airlift as an umbrella for resulting collaborations and am thrilled that Netflix provides us with such a direct connection to the global audience. This partnership is an opportunity to build on our Unorthodox experience, bringing ambitious projects to life.”
Rachel Eggebeen, Netflix’s Director of Original Series:
“We are very excited about our new partnership with Anna. Having witnessed her magic whilst collaborating on Unorthodox, we’re already aware of her unique talent for turning stories into thrilling global hits. The combination of Anna’s creative vision and our ambitions for our growing European drama offering align perfectly. We’re looking forward to working with Anna and the team at Airlift Productions to bring their series to our members in Germany and around the world.”
What’s the plot of Transatlantic?
Netflix’s Transatlantic is inspired by the true adventures of the Emergency Rescue Committee and Julie Orringer’s 2019 novel, The Flight Portfolio. Here is the synopsis of the novel:
In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks. Instead, he stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. His many clients included Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall, and the race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage.
Who is cast in Transatlantic?
In March 2022, Netflix unveiled the main headline cast members for Transatlantic.
- Gillian Jacobs (pictured top left) is known for Community and Netflix’s Love and will play an American heiress based on the character Mary Jayne Gold.
- Cory Michael Smith (pictured top middle), known for Gotham and Utopia, will play Oscar a Harvard-educated American journalist based on the character Varian Fry.
- Deleila Piasko (pictured top right) is a German actress known for Boys Are U playing a yet-to-be-announced role.
- Corey Stoll (pictured bottom left) is best known for his roles on Netflix’s House of Cards and Billions and will be playing Patterson the American Consul in Marseille who sees the refugees as an existential threat to American values.
- Grégory Montel (pictured bottom middle) a French actor is best known for his roles on Netflix’s Call My Agent! and Barking Dogs. His role has yet to be unveiled.
- Ralph Amoussou (pictured bottom right) is a French actor best known for appearing in Netflix’s French series Marianne. His role has yet to be unveiled.
- Amit Rahav (not pictured) is an Israeli actor who appeared in Winger’s previous series Unorthodox.
What’s the production status of Transatlantic?
The series began filming in March 2022 with Netflix announcing that production was underway on March 14th, 2022.
Filming is taking place in Marseille an
What’s the Netflix release date for Transatlantic?
Netflix has confirmed a 2023 release date for the project but hasn’t provided any additional window. Given production has begun as of Spring 2022, it could be on Netflix by early 2023 but we’ll keep you posted.
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