Netflix begins production on Spanish thriller Hache
James R | On 14, Nov 2018
Production is now underway on Hache, Netflix’s new period Spanish thriller.
In what sounds like Spain’s answer to Peaky Blinders, Hache takes the audience back to the 60s to portray an unknown side of a Barcelona in full economic and social takeoff. Inspired by true events, the story follows Helena, (Adriana Ugarte) a prostitute who begins as a simple worker in the hands of Malpica (Javier Rey), the head of a mafia gang that operates in the city of Barcelona in the 1960s. Helena will go through a sinuous learning process which will take her from the most meaningless position to become the leader of that same heroin organisation. Among the group led by Malpica we find the relentless Arístides and his lawyer, Julio Senovilla, played by Marc Martínez (Morir o no, El Mundo de Chema) and Pep Ambròs (El Olivo, Félix, Matadero) respectively. On the other side is the incipient narcotics brigade, made up of Inspector Alejandro Vinuesa, played by Eduardo Noriega (Perfectos Desconocidos, Abre los ojos, El Lobo, Tesis), his companion Eladio Pérez, played by Josep Julien (A tortas con la vida), and the curator Clemente Larrubia, interpreted by Àlex Casanovas (Manila). Marina Salas (Tres metros sobre el cielo, El barco, Tengo ganas de ti) gives life to Silvia Velasco, secretary of the Commissioner.
With its own soul, the Albatros Club will be at the heart of the story. A local nightclub where trendy music is played, and in which foreign visitors mix with young local gentlemen, slum-dwellers with disdainful and disheveled girls. It is also the club where Malpica’s team operates. In charge of the club is Celeste, played by Ingrid Rubio (Que se mueran los feos, Bajo Sospecha, Velvet). The main attraction of the Albatros is the singer Julia Bloomsbury, played by the British artist Tonia Richardson, accompanied by the pianist Ramiro Larrocha, played by Toni Zenet.
In addition to filming in Barcelona, the team will also travel to Manresa, Terrassa, Tarragona and other locations in Catalonia in order to recreate the swinging, stylish decade. Created by Verónica Fernández (Cuéntame, El Príncipe, Velvet Colección) and directed by Jorge Torregrossa (La vida inesperada, Fariña, Velvet Colección), the series will be made up of 8 episodes and debut globally in 2019.
Hache is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.
Netflix orders Spanish thriller Hache
18th July 2018
Netflix is headng back to Spain for its next original series, with the order given today for a new thriller, Hache.
Starring Adriana Ugarte (Palmeras en la nieve, El tiempo entre costuras) and Javier Rey (Fariña), the series is inspired by real events and takes us back to the 1960s for a tale of drug trafficking and revenge.
It is created and written by Verónica Fernández (Cuéntame, El Comisario, El Príncipe, Velvet Collection) and hails from Weekend Studio, a young production company that has enjoyed recent success with such films as El Otro lado de la Cama, Días de Fútbol, Torremolinos 73 and Pagafantas.
Hache follows Helena (Adriana Ugarte) a woman catapulted into the heroin trafficking business in 60s Barcelona.
“We are big fans of Javier and Adriana’s work, and couldn’t be more excited to see them both in a Netflix Original series.” says Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix. “And the world that Verónica, Tomás and Jorge have created is unique, fresh, and likely to have global appeal. We’re ready to add Hache to our growing list of Spanish series intended for global audiences.”
Tomás Cimadevilla and Jorge Iglesias, Hache´s executive producers, comment: “At Weekend Studio we are very proud that our first project is a Netflix original series. Our company is committed to a global perspective and with Netflix this objective is guaranteed. We are confident that this is the first step towards a long and successful collaboration.”
Netflix has commissioned eight one-hour episodes, which will premiere globally on the streaming service in 2019.