In continuing its trend of producing original sci-fi programming, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Daybreak, a new dark comedy based on Brian Ralph’s post-apocalyptic graphic novel of the same name, the streaming giant has announced. Aron Eli Coleite (Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes) is attached as executive producer and showrunner, with Brad Peyton (Rampage) set to direct and executive produce along with Jeff Fierson, both from ASAP Entertainment.
Daybreak centers on Josh, a 17-year-old high school outcast searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. He’s joined by a group of misfits that includes a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully turned pacifist samurai Wesley. So now Josh is trying to stay alive while battling and escaping the horde of Mad Max-style gangs of evil jocks and cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors, zombie-like monsters called Ghoulies, and whatever else gets thrown his way.
Coleite also co-developed and serves as executive producer for the new version of Locke & Key – another graphic novel adaptation picked up by Netflix – with showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill.
Netflix has been on a roll with the sci-fi/horror original programming, having experienced massive successes with the original shows Lost in Space, Altered Carbon and Stranger Things, not to mention foreign language hits The Rain and Dark. So, it's not surprising that the company would want to continue with this trend. News of Netflix giving the green light to this series also comes immediately after the company just purchased as-yet-untitled YA drama being pitched as “Lord of the Flies-meets-Lost” from Chris Keyser and Marc Webb.