Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes creates Netflix 'history of football' drama

Maricruz Casares
Abril 19, 2018

Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of "Gosford Park" and creator of "Downton Abbey", will write a six-part series about the invention of football (soccer) to Netflix.

Netflix VP of International Originals Erik Barmack said the football project (aka The English Game) will be penned by Fellowes and examine how the game reached across class divides to create the world's most popular sport. "The Wave" is based on the sociopolitical thriller film of the same name and produced by Rat Pack in association with Sony Pictures Television Germany. Understandably, the experiment goes horribly wrong. The French series "Mortel" is about a group of teenagers bound together by a supernatural force.

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