ROME — The Weinstein Company, Canal Plus and HBO Nordic are among many companies that have reupped for the second season of Sky Atlantic’s gritty Italian crime skein “Gomorrah,” which started shooting in April and features new characters, notably two ferocious female mobsters, and will be set in additional locations in Germany, Rome, Croatia and Honduras besides its Naples hinterland hotbed.
The intricate mob saga, which is Italy’s all-time top TV export, is produced by Murdoch-owned Sky in collaboration with Italy’s Cattleya and Fandango and in partnership with German powerhouse Beta Film, which sold the first season to a massive 113 territories. Besides confirming that TWC and above-mentioned outfits are on board, a Beta rep said they are “working with the same partners as for season one, and expect to close the same number of deals – or more.”
Meanwhile plans for a third “Gomorrah” season were announced during a recent set visit outside Naples, an area with the highest density of killings in Europe due to turf wars between rival clans of the Camorra syndicate. Production moved there after kicking off on April 14 in Cologne.
Director Stefano Sollima continues to wear a double hat as both helmer and artistic supervisor of the show, but a new director, Claudio Giovannesi, has been added to the team, which still comprises season one helmers Francesca Comencini and Claudio Cupellini.
Giovannesi made a splash with his sophomore pic “Ali Has Blue Eyes,” a naturalistic teen crime/immigration drama.
Shooting on the 12 one-hour episodes of “Gomorrah 2” is expected to wrap in October. The plan is to bow on air in 2016 simultaneously across Sky Atlantic platforms in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.