Creators of 1899 pronounce on plagiarism accusation

After much success on Netflix, the series 1899 was involved in a great controversy. The European production was accused of plagiarism by a Brazilian comic artist, who raised several evidences on social networks. This Monday (21), after much controversy, showrunners Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar finally spoke about the accusation.

“The year is 1899 and mysterious events have changed the course of an immigrant ship bound for New York. Now, passengers will have to unravel a mind-boggling riddle,” states the official 1899 synopsis on Netflix.

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In addition to conquering Netflix subscribers, 1899 won the hearts of specialized critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has secured an 83% approval rating (in addition to a 9.1 on IMDB).

Below we reveal everything the creators of 1899 said about the plagiarism charge; check out.

1899 authors deny plagiarism charge

Recently, Brazilian comic artist Mariana Cagnin made a thread on Twitter comparing some passages from her comic book to 1899, the new Netflix series.

The comic in question is Black Silence, a science fiction work set in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic future.

Funded by Catarse, Black Silence received the Angelo Agostini Trophy (Best Designer), in addition to 3 nominations for the HQMix Award.

According to the artist, the entire premise of the comic is in 1899, from the black pyramid to the personal dramas of the characters.

“The symbols in the eyes and when they appear, the writing in codes. The voices calling to them. Subtle details of the plot, such as personal dramas of the characters, including the mysterious deaths”, wrote the Brazilian author.

This Monday (21), the creators of 1899 – who are also responsible for the Dark series – spoke out about the controversy.

In an Instagram post, Jatje Friese denied using Black Silence as inspiration for the 1899 plot.

“For context: a Brazilian artist claimed that we stole (elements) from her graphic novel. To be clear: we didn’t do that! Until yesterday, we didn’t even know about this graphic novel’s existence,” said Friese.

The German producer also claimed to have received some problematic messages on social media.

“Over two years, we put pain, sweat and exhaustion into the creation of 1899. This is an original idea and not based on any material. However, we are being bombarded with messages – some of them ugly and offensive “, said the showrunner.

For Frize, the accusation of plagiarism is nothing more than a “false alarm”. In the post, the producer also raises a serious accusation against the Brazilian comic artist.

“Someone raises a false alarm and everyone goes after it, without even checking if the claims make any sense. Of course if this is a scheme to sell more of your comics: well thought out.”

Baran bo Odar, Jantje’s husband and co-author of 1899, also shared an excerpt from the post on his Instagram.

So far, the post that accuses 1899 of plagiarism has already received more than 300,000 likes on Twitter. Netflix has yet to comment on the allegation.

Season 1 of 1899 is available on Netflix🇧🇷

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Alexandre Guglielmelli

Alexandre Guglielmelli

Graduated from PUC Minas, I specialize in horror movies, reality shows and pop culture. In my spare time, I like to write and offer movie and series recommendations to friends.

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