Netflix announce two more sequels to 365 Days
If 50 Shades was Twilight for the horny middle aged, 365 Days is 50 Shades for the mildly disturbed.
Last year, Polish "erotic drama" 365 Days took Netflix viewers on a ride of lust, questionable dialogue, and sheer discomfort, as Polish woman Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) was kidnapped by Sicilian gangster Massimo (Michele Morrone) and given one full year to fall in love with him. Hence the name, 365 Days. Get it?
A sordid story of Stockholm Syndrome and erotica that is often as far away from consensual as you could get, the film relied on a narrative filled with graphic sex and power imbalances to trundle through its plot, the end of which may have left audiences wanting more... but predominantly because the ending was just that bad.
Following its initial release, a petition was launched to ban 365 Days from Netflix due to its undertones of sexual assault and violence, with singer Duffy (who had recently told of her own kidnapping ordeal), writing an open letter to Netflix stating that the film "glamorises rape."
Still though, that apparently wasn't enough to stop 365 Days from entering the streaming services's daily Top 20 in over 90 countries - and for Netflix to announce two more sequels.
According to Deadline, the upcoming sequels (two of them!) see Laura and Massimo reunited, "but their new beginning is complicated by Massimo’s family ties and a mysterious man who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust at any cost."
The films will be based on the book trilogy by Polish author Blanka Lipinska, who co-wrote the first script with Mojca Tirs. However, it is looking likely that much of the controversial content will be changed or "softened" for the upcoming projects.
“365 Days was one of our most popular films for our members in 2020,” Netflix’s Łukasz Kluskiewicz, Content Acquisition Manager of films for CEE and Poland, told the publication.
“We’re working closely with Blanka Lipinska, the author of the 365 Days trilogy of books and writer of the film, to continue Laura and Massimo’s story on screen. Their journey together is full of many twists and turns as our characters continue to grow and learn more about themselves."
“I’m hugely honoured that the remaining two parts of my 365 Days trilogy – This Day and Next 365 Days – will be brought to life on screen by Netflix,” added author Blanka Lipińska. “I’m so excited to show fans of my novels all over the world this fresh look at the characters and to continue Laura and Massimo’s story.”