Netflix starts filming its first Thai drama series
Netflix has started production on survival drama The Stranded as its first Thai shoot.
The story follows a large group of students from an elite Thai private school who must sort out their own rescue when they find themselves trapped on a mysterious island in the aftermath of a devastating tsunami.
Netflix is backing the drama with Thai media entertainment company GMM Grammy and H2L Media Group.
The streaming giant is also involved with supernatural drama Shimmers that is set at a remote school in northern Thailand.
Shimmers and The Stranded were originally announced late last year as part of a slate of 17 original Asian titles being backed by Netflix across Japan, Taiwan, India and South Korea, as well as Thailand.
“The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen-before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, at the time.
Thailand launched its first formal filming incentive at the start of 2017. The country recently attracted one of its highest-profile international movie shoots as Australian star Chris Hemsworth and director Sam Hargrave shot in the Bangkok region for the kidnap thriller Dhaka, also for Netflix.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Thailand.
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