Netflix announced today that the Austrian-German Woman of the Dead adaptation will launch on January 5, 2023. Consisting of six episodes, the series is based on Bernhard Aichner’s book (buy at Amazon).
Woman of the Dead was directed and co-executive produced by Nicolai Rohde. It was created for television by Barbara Stepansky, Wolfgang Mueller, and Benito Mueller.
In the series, Blum is the owner of a funeral home in a renowned ski resort and the loving mother of two young children. Following her husband’s accidental death, she is shaken to the very core of her existence.
Soon, Blum realizes that her husband was murdered because he was in the process of uncovering terrible secrets. She sets out on a quest for revenge, but during her pursuit she turns from predator to prey.
Woman of the Dead shows one of the most extraordinary female characters of recent years – an unconditionally loving wife and mother as well as a ruthless predator.
On her search for the killers, she becomes increasingly cornered herself and must face the abyss of her own harrowing past.
The cast includes Anna Maria Mühe, Felix Klare, Yousef Sweid, Shenja Lacher, Robert Palfrader, Simon Schwarz, Gregor Bloéb, and Michou Friesz.
The cast is rounded out by Gerhard Liebmann, Hans Uwe Bauer, Sebastian Hülk, Andrea Wenzl, Wolfram Koch, Britta Hammelstein, and Peter Kurth.
The co-production of Netflix and ORF already had its successful premiere in Austria as part of ORF’s TV programming.
The six-part series was produced by Thomas Hroch and Gerald Podgornig for Mona Film as well as Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller for Barry Films, and is a co-production with SquareOne Productions (Al Munteanu). Nicolai Rohde serves as co-executive producer.
The script was written by Barbara Stepansky, Benito Mueller, Wolfgang Mueller, Mike Majzen and Nicolai Rohde, who also directed the series. Stephan Burchardt serves as director of photography.
Mona Film was founded in 2007 and has produced numerous TV movies and series, including the award-winning movie Die Auslöschung, starring Klaus Maria Brandauer and Martina Gedeck.
The company’s most recent productions include the movies Arthur & Claire, What Have We Done to Deserve This? and The Scary House; the limited series Your Honor starring Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer and Tobias Moretti, as well as Am Anschlag – Die Macht der Kränkung and Am Ende – Die Macht der Kränkung.
Barry Films is the internationally active production company under the leadership of Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller with locations in Zurich, Berlin and Los Angeles. It specializes in the production of movies and TV series for the global market.
Barry Films’ productions include the thriller A Perfect Enemy, starring Tomasz Kot (Cold War); the conception of the TV adaptation of the submarine classic The Boat for Sky TV and Bavaria; the crime drama Inherit the Viper, about the opioid epidemic in the United States starring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern; and Life, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Robert Pattinson and Ben Kingsley.
The company’s credits also include Walter, starring Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen; the César Award-winning screwball comedy The Pig of Gaza; the Peruvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar The Bad Intentions; The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave; and Der grosse Kater starring Bruno Ganz.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.