Netflix unveils the trailer for its highly anticipated spy thriller, Khufiya, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj released on October 5th. Starring Tabu, Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, Ashish Vidyarthi and Azmeri Haque Badhon. Khufiya is based on true events and is based on a book Escape to Nowhere, written by the former Chief of the Counter Espionage Unit of R&AW, Amar Bhushan.
Monika Shergill, VP, of Content, Netflix India said, “Khufiya is a defining spy thriller by the master storyteller Vishal Bhardhwaj and one of the most enriching creative collaborations for us at Netflix. The powerhouse duo of Vishal & Tabu team up again and are supported by the very talented Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ashish Vidyarthi, and the phenomenal soundtrack of Khufiya was also created by the director. The film packs a strong punch with its breathtaking narrative. It is a story of love and betrayal intertwined with a deep sense of patriotism which makes it a very special Netflix film.”
The man behind the world of Khufiya, director Vishal Bhardwaj shares, “I have always been very fascinated with the world of espionage and am truly excited to explore this genre with Khufiya. This film gave me a chance to reunite with Tabu and work for the very first time with two very talented actors- Ali Fazal and Wamiqa Gabbi. It also marks my first creative collaboration with Netflix which has been both exciting and rewarding. I cannot wait to share this thrilling and powerful story with Netflix’s audiences across 190 countries’’
Talking about playing the role of an R&AW agent, Tabu shares, “I am so happy to be once again working with my favorite director Vishal Bhardwaj as we reunite for the third time after Haider and Maqbool. Vishal’s unique vision and storytelling have always intrigued me, and Khufiya is no exception. Super excited for Netflix audiences to watch Khufiya on 5 October’’
Witness a story of love, loyalty, revenge, and betrayal only on Netflix from October 5th.
ONE PIECE, the global cultural phenomenon, will continue to sail the high seas of adventure in search of treasure! Netflix has renewed the series for a second season.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator and illustrator of ONE PIECE, confirmed the news today in this special video via Transponder Snail.
In the special video, Eiichiro Oda, ONE PIECE Creator, Illustrator and Executive Producer says, “To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet: What did you think of Season 1 of the live-action ONE PIECE? I spent a long time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it.
“To everyone who’s been a fan of ONE PIECE for years, and to those who experienced ONE PIECE for the first time, thank you so much,” Eiichiro Oda says.
“Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news,” Eiichiro Oda says. “Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!”
Eiichiro Oda teases that Chopper will be added to the season 2 cast in the video. “From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor,” Oda says. Every true ONE PIECE fan knows that Chopper is the doctor of the Strawhat Pirates.
How Has ONE PIECE Impacted Netflix?
ONE PIECE is the number one title on Netflix worldwide as of this week, with 37.8 million views in less than two weeks since its release.
The series debuted at number one in 46 countries and reached the top ten in 93. It is one of Netflix’s highest audience scores ever, with a 96% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes from 10,000+ ratings.
With over 4 billion search impressions for #onepiecenetflix alone on TikTok, ONE PIECE continues to generate buzz and trend globally across social platforms. Talented Instagram accounts have grown rapidly in recent months, gaining millions of followers.
Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick stars as Sheryl in the Woman of the Hour. Kendrick also serves as the project’s producer and makes her directorial debut with this film.
The film is based on the true story of Cheryl Bradshaw and Rodney Alcala, a story that is stranger than fiction. Bradshaw, who was a participant in the popular 70s TV matchmaking show The Dating Game, selected bachelor number three, Rodney Alcala, who was handsome and had a sense of humor. However, beneath Alcala’s charming exterior lurked a horrifying truth: he was a psychopathic serial killer.
Daniel Zovatto, known for his roles in “It Follows,” “Don’t Breathe,” “Lady Bird,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Station Eleven,” portrays Rodney Alcala in the film. The additional cast includes Kathryn Gallagher, who has been part of productions like “Jagged Little Pill,” “Spring Awakening,” and HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl.” Nicolette Robinson, known for her work in “One Night in Miami” and “The Affair,” also joins the cast. Kelley Jakle, Autumn Best, Pete Holmes, and Tony Hale, are known for their roles in various projects such as the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, “42,” “4400,” “CollegeHumor Originals,” “Crashing,” “How We Roll,” “Veep,” and “Arrested Development,” are also part of the cast.
The thriller is based on Ian McDonald’s script, which was included in The Black List.
Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, who has worked on projects such as the It franchise, Doctor Sleep, The Grudge franchise, The Ring franchise, The Departed, and Watcher, serves as a Producer. Miri Yoon, who has worked on Weapons, The Mother, Don’t Worry Darling, and Amazon Studios’ anthology series Them, also serves as a Producer. Additionally, BoulderLight’s JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margueles, known for their work on The Wrath of Becky, Barbarian, Gone in the Night, and The Vigil, are also involved as Producers.
The list of executive producers includes Stuart Ford, Zach Garrett, Miguel A. Palos, Jr., Anna Kendrick, Ian McDonald, Joe Penna, Paul Barbeau, Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Andrew Deane, and Stephen Crawford.
The territories that are included are the United States, France, Italy, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Andorra, Benelux (Aruba, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sint Maartin), Japan, Macau, South Korea, Switzerland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Romania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, the West Indies, as well as their territories and possessions.
Netflix has announced a new Japanese romance live-action series titled ‘Beyond Goodbye’ today.
The lead roles will be portrayed by Kasumi Arimura, who gained recognition for her successful film ‘We Made a Beautiful Bouquet’, earning over 3.8 billion at the box office, as well as her acclaimed Netflix film ‘Call me Chihiro’.
Joining her is Kentaro Sakaguchi, known for his role in the highly successful film ‘The Last 10 Years’ and various hit TV drama series. This captivating story is an original creation by Yoshikazu Okada, renowned for his compelling human drama works beloved by Japanese audiences.
Filmed in breathtaking locations, the series tells a love story that portrays the heart-wrenching miracle of two individuals whose lives are influenced by destiny.
Following the success of “Crash Landing on You” and “First Love,” Netflix presents a new grand romantic series.
In its second week, ONE PIECE continued to surpass its competition and remained the top English TV show with 19.3 million views, making it the most-watched title of the week.
The live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga, which has sparked a TikTok trend celebrating the character Buggy, has now accumulated 37.8 million views in less than two weeks since its release. Virgin River made a strong return with Season 5, debuting at the second spot with 9 million views.
The thrilling UK series Who Is Erin Carter? kept viewers captivated, securing the third position with 7.1 million views. UK comedy series Top Boy made a comeback with its third season, entering the list at the fourth spot with 5.6 million views. New additions this week included the stand-up comedy special Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs at the sixth spot with 2.9 million views, the nature documentary series Predators at the seventh spot with the same view count, and the limited series Spy Ops at the tenth spot with 1.9 million views.
Completing the list were returning titles Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones at the fifth spot with 3.1 million views, Part 5 of Disenchantment at the eighth spot with 2.2 million views, and Painkiller at the ninth spot with 2 million views.
Adam Sandler’s family comedy “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” remained in first place on the English Films list for the second consecutive week, accumulating 8.8 million views. Within just three weeks of its release, the film has now reached a total of 52 million views. Other films making a return to the list were the romantic comedy “Choose Love” in second place with 7 million views, and “Heart of Stone” at number nine with 3.5 million views. This brings the total number of views for the Gal Gadot action film to 91.9 million in just five weeks since its release.
The Swedish thriller A Day and a Half gained the top spot on the Non-English Films list, accumulating 6.5 million views. The Spanish documentary Rosa Peral’s Tapes made its debut at #4 with 1.5 million views, while the Filipino romance drama What If premiered at #8 with 0.8 million views.
The list was completed by returning titles, including the heartwarming Mexican comedy The Great Seduction at #2 with 3.6 million views, the Dutch romantic comedy Happy Ending at #3 with 3.4 million views, the Indian romance Friday Night Plan at #5 with 1.3 million views, the Spanish horror film Killer Book Club at #6 with 0.9 million views, and the German dystopian thriller Paradise at #9 with 0.7 million views.
The German limited drama series Dear Child debuted at the top of the Non-English TV list with 10.2M views. Other new additions to the list were the Spanish thriller Burning Body at #2 (4.1M views), the Korean romance drama A Time Called You at #7 (1.4M views), the Thai comedy thriller 6ixtynin9 at #8 (1.4M views), and the Colombian drama Miss Adrenaline: A Tale of Twins at #10 (1.2M views). The Norwegian fantasy series Ragnarok had all three seasons return to the list for the second week in a row. Season 3 ranked at #3 (3.1M views), followed by Season 2 at #6 (1.5M views), and Season 1 at #9 (1.4M views). Other returning titles included the Korean romantic comedy Destined With You at #4 (2.4M views), and the K-drama Mask Girl at #5 (1.7M views).