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The Woods, Netflix’s second Polish original series in production

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- The script is based on Harlan Coben’s 2007 eponymous novel, with the writer also acting as executive producer. The Netflix show is benefiting from a Polish 30% cash rebate scheme

The Woods, Netflix’s second Polish original series in production
Directors Leszek Dawid and Bartek Konopka on the set of The Woods

The protagonist of The Woods (W głebi lasu) is Warsaw-based prosecutor Paweł Kopiński (Paul Copeland in Harlan Coben’s novel), whose sister mysteriously disappeared in 1994 while at summer camp. It’s 2019 now and when the body of a young boy – who allegedly vanished 25 years ago as well, along with Kopińska – is found, it seems like the old case can be reopened and finally solved. However, the deeper Paweł digs, the more complicated things get. No surprise here: after all, the story was adapted from Coben’s book, and one of his favourite themes is the way in which unearthing past events can shatter the present. The American writer, who holds an executive producer credit, said in a press release: “I’m very proud to be collaborating with such an amazing Polish cast and crew and to be helping to bring their amazing work to Netflix viewers around the globe”.

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The series is directed by Leszek Dawid (You are God [+see also:
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and the upcoming Broad Peak) and Bartosz Konopka (Oscar-nominated short Rabbit a la Berlin, and recently The Mute [+see also:
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). The script was written by Agata Malesińska and Wojciech Miłoszewski. The Woods is produced by ATM Grupa, while Anna Nagler serves as creative producer. Shooting is already underway in Poland, however Netflix representatives didn’t disclose a number of shooting days nor an amount of Polish location. The cast of the show is also unknown at this time, while its premiere is scheduled for 2020.

The Woods is the third of Coben’s novels to be transformed into a Netflix series, following British shows The Stranger and Spanish series El Inocente. The first Polish original show produced by a streaming juggernaut was dystopian thriller 1983, directed by Agnieszka Holland (Mr. Jones [+see also:
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, Spoor [+see also:
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), Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Lure [+see also:
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, Fugue [+see also:
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), Kasia Adamik (Amok [+see also:
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, Spoor [+see also:
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) and Olga Chajdas (Nina [+see also:
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). The Woods is benefiting from a 30% cash rebate and is the second TV series to receive support from the Polish cash rebate system, the first one being Ultraviolet 2.

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