Netflix has revealed several new projects today, including the comedy special Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill, which launches on the streaming service May 5th.
Marking his first original special since 1998, the hour-long Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill reinforces his reputation as the precision-craftsman of standup comedy with a never-before-seen set.
The special features a spectacular arrival to the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and showcases Seinfeld’s sharp angles on everyday life.
Last September, Netflix and Sony Pictures announced that Netflix had acquired the exclusive global streaming rights for Seinfeld. The popular Jerry Seinfeld show will come to the streaming service starting in 2021.
Netflix today also the feature film Vinterviken 2021, a modern adaptation of Mats Wahl‘s acclaimed novel Vinterviken, which was turned into a successful film in 1996.
The story is set in Stockholm 2021 and focuses on the love story between Elisabeth and John John. The two youngsters are raised in the same city, yet they live light years apart, separated economically, socially and culturally. Until the day they start in the same high school class.
Vinterviken 2021 will be produced by Filmlance International, a part of Endemol Shine Group, with Teresa Alldén as producer and Alexis Almström as director. Dunja Vujovic serves as the screenwriter. The three of them have previously collaborated on Top Dog, a TV series based on Jens Lapidus trilogy.
Teresa Alldén said: “Mats Wahl’s novel portrays a timeless theme: Love beyond social status and class. The new film adaptation must reflect the development of society. Vinterviken 2021 should thus be a modern story about experiencing true love in a world full of prejudice and economic inequality.”
Alexis Almström added: “I will never forget when I watched Vinterviken as a teenager in the 90ies. A lot has happened since then, not only in a good way. A feeling of hopelessness is getting prevalent amongst young people, regardless of background. Therefore, I’m excited to share this hopeful story about young lovers breaking class barriers to the global Netflix audience.
Lina Brouneus, director co-production & acquisition at Netflix, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring a contemporary version of this modern Swedish classic to a global audience and we believe that the universal themes of love, class differences and segregation will resonate with our audiences all over the world. We can’t wait to see how Alexis Almström and the rest of the incredible team at Filmlance International will reflect the times that we live in and make this story come to life again.”
And Netflix has also announced it will produce a new Korean original series Hellbound (working title), which will be directed by Yeon Sang-ho who’s best known for his box office hit Train to Busan.
In Hellbound, supernatural beings appear out of nowhere to condemn people to hell. It doesn’t matter whether these events are a blessing or a curse: a new religious group is interpreting them all as the will of the divine. What unfolds through this predicament is an intense and highly-charged story about people who must survive under conditions of utter social chaos.
The story was originally published as a webtoon, titled Hell or 지옥 in Korean, and has garnered a great deal of attention and acclaim. As a Netflix original series, Hellbound will take on a new form through the collaborative work of director Yeon Sang-ho and illustrator Choi Gyu-seok, the author of Songgot, a webtoon that was adapted as a television drama in 2015.
Yeon and Choi will together spearhead Hell (or 지옥)’s transformation from a webtoon into a Netflix original series. The duo will join forces on the script, while Yeon will also direct the production, in order to expand Hellbound upon the themes and views introduced in the webtoon. Choi is expected to exhibit his insight into social issues the way he did in Songgot.
Besides his globally-acclaimed 2016 film Train to Busan, Yeon Sang-ho has directed its sequel Peninsula, which will be released in Korean theaters in the coming months. Yeon also worked as the scriptwriter for The Cursed, a recent Korean TV drama series produced by Lezhin Studio.
Hellbound, produced by Lezhin Studio, will be available only on Netflix.