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Netflix Releasing New Thriller From The Creator Of The Stranger And Safe

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Netflix Releasing New Thriller From The Creator Of The Stranger And Safe

If you enjoyed binging your way through Netflix series The Stranger - and 2018's Safe while we're on the subject - you'll no doubt be pleased to hear the creator behind both series has another show in the pipeline.

Author Harlan Coben saw 2015 novel The Stranger adapted into an original Netflix series earlier this year, when it immediately became a big hit with viewers who couldn't tear themselves away from the drama.

Now his 2007 book The Woods is being adapted for Netflix in Poland, with Coben also serving as executive producer.

Netflix users spotted a mysterious listing on the streaming site, with one sharing a screenshot and asking: "What is this?"


Coben replied: "My advice? Put this on your Netflix 'remind me' or watchlist now."

The listing reveals that The Woods will be released at some point in 2020, with a brief synopsis giving us a taster of the plot, saying: "A Warsaw prosecutor's hopes rise when a body is found and linked to his sister's disappearance 25 years earlier."

According to Deadline, the six-part series - which is being financially supported by the Polish Film Institute - is set in two time spans: 1994 and 2019.


The website explains that the show will tell the story of a Warsaw prosecutor Paweł Kopiński, who is still grieving the loss of his sister 25 years ago, when she walked into the woods at a summer camp and was never seen again.

The discovery of a homicide victim - a boy who had vanished along with Paweł's sister - reveals evidence linking him to her disappearance, bringing hope she may be alive.

Coben said: "I'm so proud to be teaming up with this incredible cast and crew from Poland - and helping introduce their brilliant work to Netflix's global audience."

Author Harlan Coben. Credit: PA
Author Harlan Coben. Credit: PA

Michael Azzolino, Director of International Originals, Netflix added: "We are excited to announce that our second original series for Poland will be an adaptation of Harlan Coben's dual timeline mystery The Woods.

"ATM Grupa has assembled a top notch team of producers, writers and directors who have created a faithful adaptation of the book while adding local nuance and specificity of character to complete a gripping tale of innocence lost and the power of redemption."

Director Leszek Dawid also said: "The Woods is a story full of secrets - a story you will want to follow. Try as hard as you might to bury unresolved issues from the past, but one day they will find their way back to you anyway.

"What I find fascinating is the way the film deals with the idea of a carefree adolescence. Looking back at the time in your life when you lived your most beautiful but, at the same time, your most atrocious experiences. Learning the truth. You cannot go any further without doing that."

Featured Image Credit: PA/Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix

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