Disney+ to launch its first original French TV shows
Among them, Parallels, a supernatural six-part series by the creator of Netflix’s horror show Marianne, a documentary on rapper Soprano, and a mini-series on the tragic events that inspired classic French film La Haine.
Deadline unveiled earlier this week the debut slate of a few European originals on Disney+. Four of them will be made in French, the most ambitious project being Parallels, Disney+’s first original French-language drama. Deadline stated that the show will follow four teenage friends whose lives are turned upside down by an experiment of the LHC – the world’s biggest particle collider: "During a split second, the Universe abolishes its rules: time, space and multiverses all get jumbled together. The teenagers will do everything in their power to try to fathom out what happened and turn the clocks back. The mysterious event propels the group of 14-year olds into parallel dimensions, leaving them racing to return home before their futures are altered forever ".
The show will be helmed by Quoc Dang Tran, who already created the horror series Marianne for Netflix and who has previously worked on The Bureau (Le bureau des légendes), Call My agent! (10 pour cent) and Kabul Kitchen.
A mini-series on the tragic event that inspired la Haine
Deadline revealed that Disney was also working on three other projects in French. The first one, titled Weekend Family, will be available on Disney+. This eight-part comedy will chronicle the life of a new stepfamily that meets up every weekend. But when the father gets into a relationship with a new partner, the weekends take on a whole different turn.
Two very different projects will also make their way to Disney Star. Soprano: Sing or Die, is a documentary which will tell the story of the French rapper Soprano from his humble beginnings in Marseille to his preparation for his 2022 tour. Disney Star is developing Oussekine, a mini-series on the tragic and much publicized death in 1986 of the student Malik Oussekine during the mass student protests in Paris against university reforms and proposed immigration restrictions. The terrible event was the inspiration for the 1995 French classic La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz with Vincent Cassel.