With the public appetite for true-crime realism at an all-time high following the groundbreaking success of 2015’s Making A Murderer, it was only a matter of time before Netflix greenlit a new spate of docudramas.
Captive is the first of the next wave to emerge and deals with the grim world of hostage-taking. Split into eight parts, each episode explores hostage situations from not only the perspective of the captive, but everyone else involved, including the hostage-takers, families, negotiators, and government officials. The series has been produced by Lightbox, with The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman also contributing heavily.
“Hostage taking is an issue that people are familiar with, but apart from those directly involved, nobody really knows much about,” said Lightbox’s Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn in an interview with Variety back in May. “Each episode of ‘Captive’ will reflect the tension that arises from the life and death stakes involved but also truly reveal the complexity inherent in every hostage crisis.”
Watch the first trailer for the upcoming series above, and then read why fellow Netflix series Black Mirror is currently unmissable.