The Society was originally binned by Showtime (Picture: Netflix)The Society landed on Netflix on Friday and has already got us completely hooked, but it’s been a very long time in the making.
The teen drama, starring Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon and Sam Berdy, tells the story of a group of young adults who are mysteriously transported to their empty hometown without a trace of their parents, forcing them to take action and decide what rules they want to live by.
A quick look at the Twitter hashtag shows that viewers are obsessing hard over the new series, which could have arrived on our screens five years ago if Showtime hadn’t have rejected it, leaving it on the shelf for half a decade.
Showrunner Chris Keyser, who also teased storylines for a second season, revealed the network’s baffling veto exclusively to Metro.co.uk, explaining: ‘Marc Webb and I developed it five years ago. I wrote a pilot for Showtime and they passed on it.
‘It sat in a drawer until Netflix said, “Hey, we know about this, this must go out.” In the meantime, the world had moved into a direction of making the show more relevant, strangely.’
It’s pretty clear to see that Lord of The Flies bared some influence on The Society and Chris has used it in a way to make us take a look at the bigger picture.
‘There’s this society where there are no rules and they have to figure everything out for themselves,’ he continued. ‘And then you have that large question of, “Are we headed towards order or chaos?”‘
The Society was kept in a drawer for five years (Picture: Netflix)Chris added: ‘I didn’t want to repeat things that had been done before, so I wanted to do it with these kids on the verge of adults.
‘They’re at this point where they’re coming into this moment where they’re going to have to start taking charge of their own lives and making their own way in the world in which they’ve inherited.
‘I wanted to do it as far as I could without the intervention of any kind of outside forces. Once they are put in this place they are entirely at risk from each other and nothing else.
‘There’s nothing that’s coming in from the outside world that’s going to affect the edge of this. It’s all about human communication.
‘It’s also a question of, “How did we get here? Could we do a better job?” That was another big question that I wanted to ask, “How would you create it and do it again? Could we do it better or are we destined to screw it all up?”‘
The Society is available to stream on Netflix.
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