‘Money Heist’ Creator Alex Pina Extends Netflix Deal – The Hollywood Reporter


Alex Pina, creator of Netflix’s Spanish hit Money thefthas extended its exclusive worldwide deal with the streamer, a deal that will include Pina’s new high-concept series inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The as-yet-untitled series is set in a luxurious underground bunker, where the country’s 1% retreat to escape disaster on the surface. Pina said the inspiration for the show came from a Spanish newspaper article published on October 9, 2021, about wealthy Spaniards buying bunkers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Some of the new shelters that were being built were luxury homes in the basement,” says Pina. “Up to 15 floors below, with exclusive services such as cinema, swimming pool, spa, gym and communal gardens. With water and food to survive more than five years. An underground community for 75 people. And then we thought about what life would be like there. Social, family and romantic relationships, in an underground shelter to which they had fled hastily and exclusively.

Through her Madrid-based production company Vancouver Media, Pina is also developing the Money theft spin off Berlin, a prequel centered on the story of the character played by Pedro Alonso in the original series. Berlin is set to premiere on Netflix in 2023.

Originally created for the Spanish network Antenna 3 in 2017, Money theft became an international hit on Netflix, which stepped in to fund seasons 3-5. The final five episodes of the original series premiered on Netflix on December 3. The show, which follows the cat-and-mouse adventures of a group of bank robbers and the police trying to catch them, was, before squid gamethe most-watched non-English language drama on Netflix, seen by 180 million households worldwide.

Netflix also greenlighted a Korean version of Money theftwith squid game actor Park Hae-soo is set to play the role of Berlin.

In 2018, Netflix signed a worldwide exclusive global deal with Pina, one of the company’s first such deals with a non-English speaking creator.

Talk to The Hollywood ReporterPina said the success of her partnership with Netflix — in addition to money theft, Pina and Vancouver Media have produced crime dramas red sky and the Anglo-Spanish mystery thriller white lines for Netflix – was proof of the streamer’s “commitment to local talent wherever it is”.

“Pina is an innovative and creative storyteller who has inspired fans and budding creators around the world,” said Diego Avalos, Netflix’s VP of Content for Spain and Portugal. “After the great adventure that has been Money Heist, we are very happy to remain a home for him, Vancouver and all the stories to come.”


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