The First Polish Netflix Original Series Is Currently in Production

6 March 2018

Netflix continues its investment in Europe with the announcement today of "1983", its first Polish original series directed by Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, Olga Chajdas and Agnieszka Smoczyńska.

The eight-episode series recently started production and is expected to be available to Netflix members globally later this year.

The highly anticipated series features Robert Więckiewicz and Maciej Musiał as a disgraced police investigator and an idealistic law student who stumble upon a conspiracy that changed the course of the nation and kept the Iron Curtain standing. The impressive Polish cast also includes Michalina Olszańska, Andrzej Chyra, Zofia Wichłacz, Mirosław Zbrojewicz, Ewa Błaszczyk, Wojciech Kalarus, Edyta Olszówka and Agnieszka Żulewska.

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 on the series for The Kennedy/Marshall Company, along with Polish producer Andrzej Besztak (House Media), Joshua Long, Maciej Musiał and Agnieszka Holland.

Directors of Photography are Tomasz Naumiuk and Arkadiusz Tomiak. Anna Anosowicz is responsible for Production Design and Katarzyna Lewińska for Costume Design. The composer on the series is Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz. "1983" will be shot in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lublin, and Silesia.

"We have fantastic actors, directors, cinematographers, designers, composers and very skilled crews in Poland. I am sure that we will be able to add something very valuable to the Netflix original series family." stated Agnieszka Holland. Frank Marshall added: "This story has many complex layers: it’s high adventure, a crime story, and a spy thriller, with fascinating characters that will keep you coming back to see what happens next, like all great Netflix series."

"We are very excited to bring this gripping alternate history thriller with such an amazing Polish cast to life and to continue the successful collaboration with Oscar®-Nominee Agnieszka Holland and her great team." said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series at Netflix and adds “I’m confident that 1983 will not only attract Polish viewers, but Netflix members around the world."

(press release)