A mostly forgotten but excellent film from the 2000s is Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer, a period thriller that follows a serial killer with practically a superhuman sense of smell that kills people in his aim to create the world’s finest perfume. It starred Ben Wishaw and was based on Patrick Süskind‘s 1985 novel, Perfume.
Since few people saw that movie, and with a tantalising premise, Netflix went ahead and adapted the story into a six-episode German series, with the first trailer dropping yesterday. This adaptation has given the tale a contemporary spin, and has a distinctly similar vibe to another popular European series, The Killing.
This adaptation of Süskind’s novel follows a group of six friends in a boarding school who bond over their intense passion for scent. But when one is brutally murdered years later, disturbing secrets are revealed about the group as the police dig around for a suspect.
With its somewhat high-concept premise, it will be interesting to see how the story is adapted into what looks to be a grounded police drama. But production costs look high and the series fits right in with the popularity of the crime genre right now, so it should turn out to be popular.
Perfume will debut on Netflix on Friday, December 21.