Netflix boards ABC/Aquarius Films’ kids series ‘The Unlisted’
Netflix has acquired global rights outside Australia to The Unlisted, an action sci-fi thriller which follows two 13-year-old identical twins who team up with a group of underground vigilante to stop a powerful corporation from imposing control over the world’s youth.
Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford are producing the 15-part half-hour series created by Justine Flynn, who is serving as executive producer and directs two episodes.
The ABC commissioned the series last year with funding from Screen Australia and Create NSW. Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment brokered the deal with Netflix, which becomes co-commissioner.
Discovered by casting director Kirsty McGregor, Ved and Vrund Rao play the twins, Dru and Kal, alongside Miah Madden and Abigail Adriano.
Rhys Graham, Nick Verso, Lucy Gaffy, Neil Sharma and Rebecca O’Brien directed the other episodes. The writers include Mithila Gupta, Timothy Lee, Tristram Baumber, Natesha Somasundaram, , Nicholas Brown, Rhys Graham, Jane Allen, Greg Waters and Chris Kunz.
Fielder and Staniford said: “The Unlisted is a sophisticated, action-packed sci-fi conspiracy thriller for the tween and teen market. We are proud to be partnering with Sinking Ship on this series and we’re very excited that Netflix will be broadcasting the series for audiences all around the world.”
Shooting wrapped on March 15. Aquarius’ first foray into children’s TV, the series will premiere on the ABC later this year followed soon after by Netflix.