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Netflix unveils first Polish original

Global streamer Netflix has ordered its first Polish-language original drama, with Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland attached to direct.

Agnieszka Holland

The as-yet-untitled eight-parter will be shot in various cities and regions across Poland and is expected to launch around the world in 2018.

The show, to be directed by Holland and Kasia Adamik, is a Cold War spy thriller that imagines a scenario in which the Iron Curtain never fell.

It is set in 2002, 20 years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1982 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union. The series follows an idealistic law student and a disgraced police investigator as they stumble upon a conspiracy.

The series was created and written by Joshua Long and will be produced for Netflix by The Kennedy/Marshall Company and The House Media Company.

Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Jason Bourne) and Robert Zotnowski (House of Cards) will be executive producers, along with Polish producer Andrzej Besztak (House Media), Joshua Long, Maciej Musiał and Holland.

Polish director Holland previously worked with Netflix on several episodes of House of Cards. Netflix had struggled to gain a foothold in Poland and other CEE countries since its launch but has enjoyed more success over recent months.

The company revamped its service in Poland in September last year and launched a host of local-language programmes.

“We are really happy that we’ll be able to combine the wonderful experience of the Netflix team, our great American producers and writer, with Polish talent and a Polish sensibility,” said Holland.

Erik Barmack, VP of international original series at Netflix, said he was “confident that this genre will not only resonate with the Polish audience but will also travel globally and we can’t wait to share more details later this year.”

Last week Netflix commissioned its first Swedish original drama from the head writer of The Bridge, Camilla Ahlgren.

Quicksand is based on the international best-selling novel of the same name and is from local production company FLX (The Bonus Family).

The commissions continue Netflix’s investment in European originals following the £100m (US$ 131.4m) outlay on UK series The Crown, its first French original Marseille and similar commissions in Germany.

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