Netflix Set to Welcome First Polish Original Series
The first Polish series for Netflix, 1983, is being shot by four female directors.
Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik, who were previously established as directors of the project, are now being joined by Olga Chajdas and Agnieszka Smoczyńska. Chajdas’s directing credits include the documentary television series Ukryta prawda (2012) and the short Morning has broken (2017), while Smoczyńska directed the series Wszystko przed nami (2012). Holland has 43 directing credits, and Adamik has 16.
The series, which will consist of eight episodes, is set in an alternate universe where the Iron Curtain, the name of the boundary that divided Europe into two parts for almost fifty years after the end of World War II, never fell.
Shooting began in Warsaw on January 16, and will spread to Wroclaw, Lublin, and Silesia before the project is complete. Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Jason Bourne) and Robert Zotnowski (House of Cards) are executive producers, and the show is also being produced by Poland’s The House Media Company.
"Our story has several complicated layers: in it we can find adventure, crime and spy thriller with fascinating characters, who will keep the viewer looking at the screen - just like in every wonderful show from Netflix", Agnieszka Holland said in a statement.
The show should premiere on Netflix sometime in 2018.
1983 will not, however, be the streaming service’s first foreign-language original program. In 2015, Mexican comedy-drama Club of Crows premiered, and Dark, a German science fiction crime series, premiered in the United States on December 1, 2017.
In 2017, Netflix invested more than $1.75 billion in European productions, and at the time had more than 90 original productions in development in Europe.
In early 2017, original programming was credited with giving the company its biggest quarter in its 19-year history. In 2016, Netflix launched its streaming service in 190 countries, and in early 2017, 47% of subscribers lived outside of the United States.
Netflix introduced its first original series, House of Cards, in February 2013.
“The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said before the premiere. By 2015, Netflix had more original content in production than HBO, which has been in business for over forty years.