Is the Netflix series 1899 based on a book?

It’s been a colossal year for Netflix so far and the streamer has offered audiences everything from spectacle-driven blockbusters like The Gray Man to acclaimed new episodes of Stranger Things. More recently, audiences were finally invited to witness the eagerly-anticipated 1899.

The eight-part series premiered on Netflix on Thursday, November 17th, 2022, and tells the story of European immigrants traveling from London to New York City aboard a steamship called the Kerberos.

While strangers from around the globe begin to forge relationships, an encounter with a mysterious ship called the Prometheus plunges everything we think we know into doubt.

It’s a gripping puzzle of a show but you may be wondering about the inspiration behind the scenes. Is 1899 based on a book?

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Is 1899 based on a book?

No, the team behind 1899 has not said it’s based on a book or novel. The project was created and developed by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, who are best known as the collaborative duo and creators behind the hit Netflix series dark.

Jantje recently sat down to discuss 1899 with Deadline and revealed that the inspiration for the project partly stems from real-life events:

“The whole European angle was very important for us, not only story-wise but also the way we were going to produce it. It really had to be a European collaboration, not just cast but also crew,” she explained.

“We felt that with the past years of Europe being on the decline, we wanted to give a counterpoint to Brexit, and to nationalism rising in different countries, to go back to that idea of ​​Europe and Europeans working and creating together.”

With that in mind, audiences won’t find themselves heading out to bookstores to find the 1899 novel.

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Audiences compare 1899 to Black Silence

Some people are arguing on Twitter that 1899 shares similarities to Black Silence, a 2016 graphic novel by Brazilian illustrator and cartoonist Mary Cagnin.

A number of Twitter users have shared a thread from the creator that shows images from both projects side-by-side for comparison.

HITC and GRV Media have contacted Netflix for comment.

More shows like 1899

You may only be able to explore the world of 1899 on the screen and not the page, but fortunately, Netflix offers a handful of recommendations for those who enjoyed 1899.

The following shows feature under the More Like This category:

  • Barbarians
  • Dark
  • elite
  • Lucifer
  • Manifest
  • One Of Us Is Lying
  • Somebody
  • The Watcher

There’s also a Making 1899 featurette on Netflix that invites you behind the scenes of production.

1899 is streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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