Netflix has ordered The Last Bus from Wildseed Studios, a 10 part series aimed at the family/co-viewing audience.

The show is about a group of mismatched school kids who band together to face a fearsome new machine intelligence in an action-packed, sci-fi road trip adventure.

It is being written and created by Paul Neafcy, who was talent-spotted by Wildseed making mobile-phone films on YouTube from his bedroom. Wildseed worked with Neafcy to develop two series – Phillip Human and PrankMe – for SVoD service Fullscreen before developing a premium scripted sci-fi drama concept and a 10-minute pilot that won the Netflix commission.

As well as experienced hands Lawrence Gough and Steve Hughes, new directors on The Last Bus include emerging talent Drew Casson and Nour Wazzi. Now still only 25 years old, Wildseed met YouTube creator Drew Casson when he was just 18 and produced Hungerford with him, a low budget 80-minute multi-award winning feature film and then its sequel The Darkest Dawn, both picked up by Netflix. Wildseed worked with rising young director Nour Wazzi on proof of concept film The Moderators before asking her to direct two episodes of The Last Bus.

This series will be produced in Bristol/the South West and shot in the Bottle Yard Studios, with pre-production starting this summer and shooting beginning in the autumn.

Wildseed Studios md, Miles Bullough and creative director, Jesse Cleverley, said “We are proud and delighted that Netflix has championed the production of this ambitious, entertaining and important show and we look forward to working with the excellent team we have assembled in order to execute this to the highest possible standard.”

Jon Creamer