Netflix orders eight-part doc series on hostage crises

The digital streaming giant has commissioned UK indie Lightbox, in partnership with Hypnotic, to produce an eight-part original doc series on hostage crises, Captive. (Pictured L-R: Lightbox's Simon and Jonathan Chinn)
April 19, 2016

Digital streaming giant Netflix has commissioned UK indie Lightbox Entertainment to produce Captive, an eight-part original documentary series on hostage crises.

The 8 x 60-minute series is expected to detail some of the most high-profile and challenging hostage negotiation cases of the modern day. The series will reveal how hostage-taking and resolution efforts have evolved and escalated on an international scale.

Each episode of the series will explore various situations from the viewpoints of those involved, from the victims’ families and the tactical negotiators, to government officials and the kidnappers themselves.

The project is conceived and produced by Lightbox – founded by Academy-awarded producer Simon Chinn (pictured, left) and Emmy-winning Jonathan Chinn (right) – in tandem with The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman and producer Dave Bartis’ shop Hypnotic.

Simon and Jonathan Chinn serve as executive producers for Lightbox, alongside Hypnotic’s Liman, Bartis and Gene Klein, as well as Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo  and Jason Spingarn-Koff. Alex Marengo serves as showrunner with Kathryn Taylor series producing.

Netflix is the latest content platform to take on a series about hostage-taking. Last month, Investigation Discovery began airing Deadly Demands, a six-part hostage negotiation docuseries from Sirens Media.

“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,” said Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, co-founders of Lightbox, in a joint statement.

“This series pairs Lightbox’s experience making award-winning narrative documentaries with the cinematic pedigree of Doug Liman, whose renowned body of work has established him as a true expert in the portrayal of covert affairs, reconnaissance and espionage,” added Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary programming.

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