Netflix in Poland orders UFO, cop & parent drama shows, bolsters film slate

Project UFO (Source: Netflix)

Netflix in Poland is returning to the creators of some its recent local hits in its latest offering, with a trio of new series among shows in the works.

The scripted shows, all of which will debut in 2024, include Project UFO. The mini-series marks a directorial debut for Kasper Bajon (High Water) and is set in the 1980’s, with the story investigating the alleged UFO landing in a remote countryside village.

Go Ahead, Brother is an action show written by Kacper Wysocki (Feedback) and produced by Łukasz Dzięcioł (Dead End) that will take an insider’s look into the quest by a former elite police unit officer to solve his financial worries.

Among Polish creators debuting on Netflix is Klara Kochańska-Bajon, a co-director of Mothers of Penguins, described as “a heart-warming story of childhood and different challenges of being a parent.” Comedy series Green Glove Gang is also returning for a second season this year.

Movies in the works include Boxer, directed by Mitja Okorn and produced by Maciej Kawulski (How I Fell in Love with a Gangster). It is set in communist Poland and follows the journey of a boxer who journeys to the UK in a bid to achieve his dreams.

Also launching this year will be Napad, a new film from director Michał Gazda and producer Magdalena Szwedkowicz, who were recently behind Forgotten Love. The show, set in the 1990s, follows a retired policeman trying to bring to justice those behind a ruthless bank robbery case.

Elsewhere, Jan Peszek and Maciej Stuhr star in a Netflix production for the first time in Inheritance, about an extraordinary family that fights over their eccentric uncle’s fortune, while Maja Ostaszewska (Broad Peak) joins Jakub Gierszał in Colors of Evil: Red.

Netflix has been ramping up its Polish offering over the past 18 months, having launched a Polish hub in 2022. Its previously announced 2024 slate includes the final installment of trilogy The Mire: Millenium and a second season of Love Never Lies: Poland.

Michael Azzolino, Netflix’s VP of content for Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux and Turkey, said the “diverse stories” would be appreciated by viewers in Poland “for their quality and distinctive characters.”

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