Gaumont, the studio behind the Netflix hit drama series Narcos, and the Amazon Prime Video Original El Presidente, and Redrum, (Sicario, Zerozerozero, Narcos: Mexico), Mexico’s leading production company, partner to develop the Spanish language crime drama series, Kolonie, starring Marina de Tavira (Netflix’s award-winning Roma, El Paraiso de la Invención, Falco) and written by Carlos Rincones (Tijuana, The Bad Guys).
Kolonie centers around an emotionally complex seasoned special agent, Adriana (de Tavira), who is tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a Mennonite boy in rural Chihuaua, Mexico. Once there, she partners with a rookie local policeman who recently abandoned the Mennonite community to join the police force. As they inch closer to solving the crime, they slowly uncover the justice they pursue is mired in a dark web of corruption and mysticism that extends beyond anything they could have ever imagined.
The series will be shot in Mexico with Redrum’s Stacy Perskie (Get the Gringo, La casa de las flores, Spectre:007) executive producing, and Christian Gabela, Gaumont’s SVP, Head of Latin America and Spain, serving as head creative executive.
“Led by Gaumont’s Christian Gabela and his team, we are proud to develop Kolonie with our valued partner, Redrum, and are honored to have Marina de Tavira, one of the most talented actresses of today, star in the series,” stated Nicolas Atlan, President, Gaumont U.S. “At Gaumont we take pride in producing important, local stories that resonate on a global scale, and we can’t wait to bring this riveting story to life.”
Perskie commented: «We feel the Mennonite communities in Northern Mexico are a fascinating and unexplored part of our culture and telling a great story with a powerful female lead in that world is something that we are very excited about. We feel very lucky about having Marina de Tavira, one of the most emblematic Mexican actresses of our time, play that role and spearhead this project, which will shed light upon one of Mexico’s hidden corners.»
Formed in France in 1895, Gaumont is the first film company in the world, celebrating 125 years of history and innovation. With offices in Paris, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin, Gaumont remains an industry leader, producing and distributing high-quality TV programming and films.
Specializing in producing local stories with global appeal, Gaumont’s current slate includes talent-driven, diverse, and distinctive titles across multiple languages for the world’s leading global streaming platforms and channels:
For Netflix, the flagship series Narcos in its 6th season, F is for Family in its 5th season, High in the Clouds, the animated feature developed together with Paul McCartney, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles based on the comic books by Stan Sakai, The Barbarians, the period epic drama set in Germany and Arsène Lupin, directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Omar Sy in France.
For Amazon Prime Video US, Do Re & Mi with Kristen Bell, El Presidente co-created by Armando Bo and Pablo Larraín in Latin America and the action thriller Operations Totems in France.
For Apple TV+ based on the Zen Shorts book series of Jon. J. Muth, Stillwater.
Gaumont co-produces and distributes around ten films a year in theaters. The film library encompasses over 1400 titles from prestigious directors such as Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, and more recently, Toledano and Nakache for The Intouchables, the highest-grossing French-language movie to date with over $450 million in revenue to date.
Headed by writer and producer Stacy Perskie, Redrum is one of the most prolific production companies in Mexico and Latin America and works across feature films and television. Redrum’s producing and production service credits include major films such as Elysium, Spectre: 007, Sicario 1&2 and Godzilla: King of Monsters; and acclaimed TV projects like Mozart in the Jungle, El Candidato and Defending Jacob.
Redrum’s current projects include American Jesus for Netflix and The Mosquito Coast for Apple.