- the six-part Netflix Original Series stars Luna Wedler, Jessica Schwarz, Adrian Julius Tillmann, Caro Cult, Thomas Prenn, Jing Xiang, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer und Benno Fürmann
- fast-paced and gripping science thriller about friendship, love and revenge in the midst of a carefree student’s life and revolutionary biohacking
- Christian Ditter (Girlboss, Love, Rosie and How to be Single) giving his showrunner debut
Berlin – July 22nd, 2020 — What if students secretly experiment with biohacking technologies that could change humanity? Biohackers tells a highly-gripping story about friendship, love and revenge at a German University that is overshadowed by a revolutionary biohacking-technology and its ethical implications. It centers around the rivalry of two women: Mia, played by Swiss shooting star Luna Wedler (“Das schönste Mädchen der Welt”, “Dem Horizont so nah”), is a medicine student in her first term who boldly pursues a secret plan. Her adversary is Prof. Tanja Lorenz, a bio-scientist and famous lecturer played by Jessica Schwarz (“Das perfekte Geheimnis”, “Narziss und Goldmund”).
Biohackers, a six-part Netflix Original Series by showrunner and director Christian Ditter (“How to be Single”, “Love Rosie”, “Girlboss”) debuts worldwide on Netflix on August 20th. Joining the cast in addition to Luna Wedler and Jessica Schwarz are Caro Cult, Adrian Julius Tillmann, Thomas Prenn, Sebastian Doppelbauer, Jing Xiang and Benno Fürmann. With its innovative genre mix, the show is a perfect storm of gripping suspense and fun.
Christian Ditter, director and showrunner: “What happens when normal people, like you and I, are confronted with things that are bigger than themselves? How far do you go to satisfy your desire for fame or even revenge? Where do we draw moral and ethical boundaries? What is synthetic biology, biohacking or bodyhacking anyway? And what happens when Jessica Schwarz and Luna Wedler compete as star professor and freshman? All these questions will finally be answered with the worldwide launch of Biohackers on Netflix starting August 20.”
Jakob Claussen of Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion adds: “Biohackers is a modern and relevant show that has its finger on the pulse of time. We are beyond proud of our debut show!”
Biohackers was first set to launch by the end April 2020. Although the show does not deal with a pandemic, Netflix and the creators took the spread of the corona virus into consideration and decided to not debut the show just then. The beginning of the show features a scene that might have been unsettling for viewers at that point in time.
College freshman Mia enrols in Freiburg University’s prestigious medical school. Her interest in revolutionary biohacking-technology is not only limited to scientific interest: Her goal is to gain the trust of star lecturer Prof. Tanja Lorenz. Both women are connected by a dark secret. To shed light on the mysterious death of her brother, Mia enters a dangerous world of illegal genetic experiences. When she meets genius biologist Jasper and his brooding roommate Niklas, she is forced to decide between her principles and her feelings, between avenging her family and protecting her new friends.
Showrunner: Christian Ditter
Directed by: Christian Ditter (episodes 1-3), Tim Trachte (episodes 4-6)
Executive Producer: Uli Putz and Jakob Claussen, Christian Ditter, Jens Oberwetter and Jake Coburn
Written by: Christian Ditter (episodes 1-3), Nikolaus Schulz-Dornburg, Tanja Bubbel and Johanna Thalmann (episodes 4-6)
Cast: Luna Wedler, Jessica Schwarz, Adrian Julius Tillmann, Caro Cult, Thomas Prenn, Sebastian Jakob Doppelbauer, Benno Fürmann, Jing Xiang and more
Cinematography: Jakob Wiessner (episodes 1-3), Fabian Rösler (episodes 4-6)
Produced by: Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH, with funding by German Motion Picture Fund and FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
About Christian Ditter
Christian Ditter studied directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His short films won numerous awards at international film festivals and his debut feature FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS was a hit at the German box office in 2006. In 2008 he adapted one of Germany’s most beloved children’s books for the big screen, THE CROCODILES. The film won over fifty audience and jury awards at international film festivals and was followed up by two sequels, THE CROCODILES STRIKE BACK (2009) and THE CROCODILES: ALL FOR ONE (2010), which he directed and produced respectively. He moved on to writing and directing Germany’s first major adventure film shot entirely in 3D, WICKIE AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS, which debuted at #1 in the German box office.
In 2014 he directed his first English-language feature LOVE, ROSIE and in 2016 he followed it up with his U.S. debut HOW TO BE SINGLE. He then served as both director and executive producer on the Netflix series GIRLBOSS, and currently is working as showrunner, executive producer and director on his new Netflix series Biohackers.
About Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Since its foundation in 1992, Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion has been producing sophisticated and entertaining movies. In the meantime more than 50 films of different genres have been made. Among them are works like Caroline Links Best Foreign Language Academy Award nominee BEYOND SILENCE, Hans-Christian Schmids 23 and CRAZY, Stefan Ruzowitzkys ANATOMIE, Neele Leanas Vollmars WEDDING FEVER IN CAMPOBELLO, Alain Gsponers HEIDI, Giulio Ricciarellis LABYRINTH OF LIES and the adaptations of Otfried Preußlers worldwide famous novels KRABAT, THE LITTLE GHOST and THE LITTLE WITCH.