Netflix has commissioned 1983, a new original Polish series about a disgraced police investigator and an idealistic law student who stumble on a conspiracy that changed the course of the nation and kept the Iron Curtain standing.
Directed by Oscar-Nominee Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, Olga Chajdas and Agnieszka Smoczynsk, the eight-episode series is currently in production and is expected to be available to Netflix members globally later this year.
The deeply frozen Cold War is heating up.
Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic law student and a disgraced police investigator stumble upon a conspiracy that has kept the Iron Curtain standing and Poland living under a repressive police state.
Now, in 2003, after two decades of peace and prosperity, the leaders of the regime enact a secret plan made with an unlikely adversary in the 1980s that will radically transform Poland and affect the lives of every citizen in the nation — and the world.
What these two men discover has the potential to ignite a revolution and those in power will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.
Robert Więckiewicz and Maciej Musiał head a cast that 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.
“We have fantastic actors, directors, cinematographers, designers, composers and very skilled crews in Poland,” stated Agnieszka Holland.
“I am sure that we will be able to add something very valuable to the Netflix original series family.”
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 added “I’m confident that 1983 will not only attract Polish viewers, but Netflix members around the world.”