365 Days: Netflix Developing Two More Films

Deadline is exclusively reporting that Netflix have gone all-in in adapting Blanka Lipińska’s novel trilogy by developing two more sequels of the Polish erotic drama 365 Days.

Deadline is exclusively reporting that Netflix have gone all-in in adapting Blanka Lipińska’s novel trilogy by developing two more sequels of the Polish erotic drama 365 Days.

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The 2020 film focuses Massimo Torricelli, the son of the Torricelli Sicilian Mafia crime boss, who catches a beautiful woman (Laura Biel) on a beach when, suddenly, his father is shot dead in mid-conversation, injuring Massimo as well. Five years pass and Massimo is now a ruthless and violent leader of the Torricelli Sicilian Mafia, while in Warsaw, Laura Biel is a fiery executive who is in an unhappy relationship with her boyfriend Martin. She and Martin head to Italy to celebrate her birthday with friends, then one night she goes for a walk and is suddenly kidnapped. She wakes up at Massimo’s villa where he tells her that he will keep her as his prisoner for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days until she falls in love with him and if she doesn’t by then, he’ll let her go.

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The film was definitely one of the most discussed films from last year during the pandemic, with the film registering on Netflix’s daily Top 10 lists in more than ninety countries, as well as being the fourth most searched film on Google globally last year, according to Netflix. While it certainly gained popularity, it definitely obtained negative comments, with a particular petition getting 95,000 signatures signed to have the film removed from Netflix, while singer Duffy, who has experienced a kidnapping ordeal, penned a letter of complaint directly to Reed Hastings, the chief executive officer of Netflix.

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The report from Deadline states that the sequels could be more cautious in its approach of how the original handled its controversial themes (romanticising sexual assault, Stockholm syndrome etc.) as Netflix will have more of a creative oversight over the sequels, as the original was already a completed film when they acquired it for their streaming service, and the report states that the plot could likely deviate from the novels and soften some of the potentially controversial content. Regardless I don’t think I can bring myself to watching the sequels, considering how the original film made me feel (review here).

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Netflix’s Łukasz Kluskiewicz, Content Acquisition Manager of films for CEE and Poland, released a statement saying:

365 Days was one of our most popular films for our members in 2020. We’re working closely with Blanka Lipinska, the author of the 365 Days trilogy of books and writer of the film, to continue Laura and Massimo’s story on screen. Their journey together is full of many twists and turns as our characters continue to grow and learn more about themselves.

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Author Blanka Lipińska released a statement adding:

I’m hugely honoured that the remaining two parts of my 365 Days trilogy will be brought to life on screen by Netflix. I’m so excited to show fans of my novels all over the world this fresh look at the characters and to continue Laura and Massimo’s story.

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The film will have Michele Morrone, Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Magdalena Lamparska and Otar Saralidze reprising their roles from the original film and Simone Susinna will be joining the cast as new character Nacho. Blanka Lipińska will also be returning with original co-writer Mojca Tirs to pen the next two installments alongside Tomasz Mandes, who will produce alongside Ewa Lewandowska and Maciej Kawulski.

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The two films are set to be shooting back-to-back, with production starting this month in Poland before moving to Italy, with Netflix believed to be slating the films for 2022 release.