Netflix has ordered a new Polish series based on Harlan Coben’s novel The Woods.
The six-part mystery series is directed by Leszek Dawid (You are God) and Bartosz Konopka (Rabbit a la Berlin) and was written by Agata Malesińska and Wojtek Miłoszewski. ATM Grupa is in charge of production, with Anna Nagler (The Coldest Game) on board as creative producer and Andrzej Muszyński and Harlan Coben serving as the series’ executive producers.
The Woods is another collaboration between Coben and Netflix, adding to upcoming British series The Stranger and Spanish series El Inocente.
Set in two time spans – 1994 and 2019 – The Woods tells the story of a Warsaw prosecutor, Paweł Kopiński, who is still grieving the loss of his sister from 25 years ago – the night she walked into the woods at a summer camp and was never seen again. But now, the discovery of a homicide victim – a boy who vanished along with Paweł’s sister – reveals evidence that links him to her disappearance. As hope rises that his sister could still be alive, dangerous secrets from his family’s past threaten to tear apart everything that Paweł has been trying to hold together.
“I’m so proud to be teaming up with this incredible cast and crew from Poland – and helping introduce their brilliant work to Netflix’s global audience,” says Coben.
Dawid adds: “The Woods is a story full of secrets – a story you will want to follow. Try as hard as you might to bury unresolved issues from the past, but one day they will find their way back to you anyway. What I find fascinating is the way the film deals with the idea of a carefree adolescence. Looking back at the time in your life when you lived your most beautiful but, at the same time, your most atrocious experiences. Learning the truth. You cannot go any further without doing that.”
Production is now underway, financially supported by the Polish Film Institute, and the series will premiere in 2020.