Netflix Announces Seven New Spanish Originals

MADRID — Netflix announced Thursday in Madrid seven new Spanish Originals: Two series, three features, one documentary and an unscripted title.

The titles confirm a rapid ramp-up in production volume for Netflix in Spain, whose output to date takes in two of the U.S. giant’s standout breakouts in international, not only in Spain but overseas “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist), “High Seas” and “Elite.”

Netflix’s Spanish production output, which boasts the first Netflix European Production hub soundstage complex at Madrid’s Tres Cantosis already one of the most voluminous in the world with 32 current or upcoming productions, according to a September 2019 report by Ampere Analysis. Only the U.K., Japan, Cnada, Mexico and Brazil bettered that figure.

Among the novelties:

* A currently-untitled show, the first series created by renown Spanish film director Daniel Sanchez Arévalo, (“Darkbluealmostblack,” “Cousins”), described as “an exciting story of friendship and perseverance” in a netflix statement after the presentation.  The series is set up at José Antonio Félez’s Atípica Films, Sánchez Arévalo’s longtime producer, and is currently in development.

*”Jaguar,” another new series, starring “Cable Girls’” Blanca Suárez. Spanish powerhouse Bambú Producciones (“Velvet,” High Seas”) produces the title, set in ‘60s Spain, a hiding place for hundreds of ex-Nazis. Suárez plays a Mauthausen survivor who joins an elite group of Nazi hunters on the trail Skorzeny, known as the most dangerous man in Europe.

*Among new films, Quim Gutiérrez and Carmen Machi star in “Amor de madre,” directed by Paco Caballero (“Perdiendo el Este”), a comedy about a left-at-the-altar groom who goes off on his honeymoon with his mother.

*Netflix has also ordered up an untitled romantic comedy from Dani de la Orden, who directed six episodes of “Elite,” about a young man who volunteers to work at a psychiatric center, in order to re-meet the potential love of his life.

*The third and final new feature is ”Fuimos canciones,” adapting the biography, “Canciones y recuerdos,” by Elisabet Benavent.

Also new is the service’s second Spanish reality series, after “Nailed It! Spain,” “¡A Cantar!,” a singing contest, and a documentary, “La Casa de Papel” about the remarkable international audience phenomenon which “Money Heist” (“La Casa de Papel”) has become.


"La casa de papel" "Money Heist" Season 3

The new titles also roll off six Annies for Sergio Pablo’s “Klaus,” produced out of Pablos’ SPA Studios in Madrid, and Netflix’s ever greater diversification from its early, iconic YA shows in Spain, as elsewhere, into ever more diverse demographic fare, as the fastest growing subscriber age groups for Netflix are now found among over-45s, per Ampere Analysis.

“We have and will continue to support creators betting on diversity in the stories which we make known. Our objective and commitment to the industry is to position Spanish talent as as a worldwide reference,” Diego Ávalos, VP, original content, said onstage at the Madrid press conference.

He added: “The technical quality of the teams and high level of the writers confirm that this objective is already partly achieved in the present.

In addition to the new titles, Netflix confirmed or shared details on other series set to return in the coming year, as well as first-look photos from already-announced upcoming series and films.

* From “House of Flowers” creator Manolo Caro, “Someone Has to Die” is another Spanish-Mexican hybrid story, this time told in three episodes. Set in Franco’s 1950s Spain, the series follows an affluent, conservative family headlined by three-time Goya-winning acress Carmen Maura and “House of Flowers” star Cecilia Suárez.

* “Elite” co-writer Carlos Montero will adapt his 2016 thriller novel “The Mess You Leave Behind” as a series for the platform, starring “The Bride” and “Madrid is Burning” star Inma Cuesta and Goya-winner Bárbara Lennie (“Magical Girl”) in a Galicia-set story about a new teacher and the woman she is replacing.

* Spanish superstar Mario Casas (“instinto”) popped up three times, in Oriol Paulo’s new series “El inocente,” the story of a man who, while trying to break up a fight, reluctantly becomes a murderer,; again in the feature “Hogar,” alongside the equally popular Javier Gutiérrez, a thriller directed by Spanish brothers Alex and David Pastor, which bows March 25; and in “El Practicante,” directed by Carles Torras, shot in Barcelona and turning on an EMT worker who suffers a terrible accident.

* Sure to excite audiences in Spain and abroad, Netflix also confirmed returns for the fifth and final season of the platform’s first Spanish Original Series “Cable Girls” coming Feb. 14, “Money Heist” Part 4 coming April 3, “Elite” Season 3, “High Seas” Season 3 and “Hache” Season 2.

* Embargoed details, videos and images were also shared on the previously announced Spanish anime series “Memorias de Idhún” and “Money Heist” creator Alex Pina’s next series “Sky Rojo,” about a trio of prostitutes from Cuba, Argentina and Spain on the run from their oppressive pimp.

CREDIT: Netflix

More TV

  • iheart living room concert for america

    Fox's 'IHeart Living Room Concert for America': TV Review

    There’s something refreshing about something being about what it’s actually about. This was the thought that came to mind as the Backstreet Boys — a band still riding on the afterburn of one massive hit — performed a five-way “socially distanced” version of “I Want It That Way” on Fox’s televised benefit to raise awareness [...]

  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in

    'Homeland': Carrie Mathison Says Goodbye to Longtime Ally (SPOILERS)

    “Homeland” reached another milestone in its final season with the passing of a fan-favorite character who has been with the show since its inception. SPOILER ALERT: The following includes spoilers for “Threnody(s),” episode 8 of the eighth and final season of Showtime’s “Homeland.”  Carrie Mathison has said goodbye to a longtime ally in her quest [...]

  • Jane Levy Breaks Down Special 'Zoey's

    Jane Levy on 'Panic' and Jim Carrey as Inspiration for Special 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' Episode

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch,” the eighth episode of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” thrust Jane Levy back into the spotlight as a leading lady in a broadcast series, but the eighth episode of that NBC dramedy, entitled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Glitch,” more literally thrust her into [...]

  • ‘Westworld’: 5 Burning Questions From Season

    ‘Westworld’: 5 Burning Questions From Season 3 Episode 3

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the third episode of “Westworld” Season 3. After Maeve (Thandie Newton) and Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) windy Westworld and Warworld antics from last time around, Episode 3 returned to the equally dangerous environment of future Los Angeles. The episode began with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) playing [...]

  • Outlander 507

    The 'Outlander' Death That Brought 'An Unexpected Wave of Emotion' (SPOILERS)

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Ballad of Roger Mac,” the seventh episode of “Outlander” Season 5. The latest “Outlander” episode was simply heartbreaking with one confirmed death and one fate left quite literally hanging in the balance. Both book readers and non-book readers alike have been aware for [...]

  • Mergers and Deals Placeholder

    Tegna Confirms Two Acquisition Offers Withdrawn Amid Coronavirus Upheaval

    Tegna confirmed Sunday that two suitors for the station group have recently withdrawn acquisition offers, citing the upheaval in the broader marketplace caused by the coronavirus crisis. Tegna’s statement is the company’s first acknowledgement that it has received four unsolicited acquisition offers in recent weeks. Two of those have since been withdrawn while the other [...]

  • David Schramm

    David Schramm, Star on NBC's 'Wings,' Dies at 73

    David Schramm, a stage actor who was also a star on the NBC comedy “Wings,” has died. He was 73. Schramm was a founding member of New York’s The Acting Company, which announced the news of his death on Sunday. He played Roy Biggins, the rival airline owner on “Wings,” and appeared in all 172 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content