The giant streamer has announced the start of production on “365 Days” part 2 and part 3. The original film follows Massimo, a member of the Sicilian Mafia family and Laura, a sales director. She does not expect that on a trip to Sicily trying to save her relationship, Massimo will kidnap her and give her 365 days to fall in love with him.
The sequels see Massimo and Laura return, but their reunion is rendered complicated by Massimo’s family ties and a mysterious man who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust, at any cost.
The original film was a Netflix acquisition. Variety understands that Netflix will be more involved in the sequels.
Original cast members Michele Morrone, Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Magdalena Lamparska and Otar Saralidze return for the sequels. Simone Susinna joins the cast, playing a new character, Nacho.
“365 Days” was poorly reviewed when it was released. Reviewing the film for Variety, Jessica Kiang described it as a “thoroughly terrible, politically objectionable, occasionally hilarious Polish humpathon currently gasping and writhing its way up the Netflix charts.”
The film was in the daily Top 10 list on Netflix in over 90 countries around the world and it was the fourth most searched for film on Google globally in 2020.
However, it was accused of contributing to rape culture, and prompted a letter for its removal from the service.
Singer Duffy wrote a letter to Netflix objecting to the film. “It grieves me that Netflix provides a platform for such ‘cinema’, that eroticises kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a ‘sexy’ movie,” Duffy wrote.
Netflix declined to remove the film, indicating that it carried a caution for violence, sex and nudity and pointing out that it was an acquisition and not a commission. The film had released theatrically in Poland prior to being acquired.
Like the original, the sequels will be also be directed by Barbara Bialowąs and Tomasz Mandes . It will be produced by Ewa Lewandowska and Mandes for Ekipa and Maciej Kawulski for Open Mind One.
The sequels will be loosely based on the “365 Days” book trilogy, which also includes “This Day” and “Next 365 Days” by Blanka Lipinska who co-wrote the script of the original film with Mojca Tirs. The screenplay for the sequels is by Tirs, Lipinska and Mandes.
Lukasz Kluskiewicz, content acquisition manager of Netflix films for central and Eastern Europe and Poland, said: “‘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.”
Lipinska said: “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.”
Production of “365 Days” parts 2 and 3 will start this month shooting in Poland and Italy and the films are slated for release on Netflix globally in 2022.