Netflix has set its latest French original, boarding an untitled half-hour romantic comedy series from UnRATED Studios. Based on an idea from British writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten), the series is directed by Connasse helmer Noemie Saglio and will join Netflix for global streaming in 2018.
Set in modern day Paris, the eight-episode series follows a group of friends who rally around their perpetually single girlfriend Elsa, who can’t seem to figure out why she is so unlucky in love. In a misguided attempt to build back Elsa’s confidence, they hire a male escort to renew her faith in dating, relationships and finding love.
Executive producers are Anne Thomopoulos (Versailles) and François Florentiny. Lang also serves as executive producer and head writer along with Julien Teisseire as additional writer. Saglio will participate in the writing.
Saglio co-directed 2015’s comedy Connasse, Princesse Des Coeurs (aka Harry Me!), a candid-camera comedy about a woman determined to hook up with the British prince. Starring Camille Cottin, the film was based on a series of sketches that aired on Canal Plus and which Saglio also co-wrote and directed.
Of the upcoming series, Netflix VP International Originals Erik Barmack says, “This show is a fun and modern romantic story that will bring viewers into the energy of today’s Paris.”
The untitled series joins other French originals for Netflix including The Eddy, Osmosis, Marseille and Gad Elmaleh’s stand-up specials.