Netflix is getting back to the Grishaverse.
The fantasy series “Shadow and Bone” has been renewed for a second season, the streamer declared on Monday during its Geeked Week. Chief producer and showrunner Eric Heisserer and the principle cast — Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Danielle Galligan, Calahan Skogman, and Ben Barnes, just as the beloved goat Milo — are good to go to get back to the show, which depends on the best-selling Grishaverse book series by Leigh Bardugo, who is additionally executive producing.
Shawn Levy is likewise getting back to executive produce with his organization 21 Laps Entertainment, alongside Pouya Shahbazian for Loom Studios.
“I’m honored and thrilled to return to the Grishaverse and continue the stories of these endearing characters, particularly Milo,” Heisserer said in a statement.
“I’ve been writing in the Grishaverse for nearly ten years now, so I’m thrilled we get to keep this adventure going,” Bardugo said. “There are so many places we’ve barely gotten to visit and I can’t wait to introduce our audience to more of the saints, soldiers, thugs, thieves, princes and privateers who make this world so much fun to explore. It’s going to be real magic to see our brilliant, talented cast expand.”
Set in the mythical kingdom of Ravka, which is parted in two by an enormous dark storm called the Fold, “Shadow and Bone” was a moment hit when it appeared on Netflix on April 23, reaching No. 1 on the streamer’s Top 10 rundown in 79 nations, including the U.S., Australia, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Spain and South Africa. As per Netflix, in excess of 55 million families watched the series over its initial 28 days, and the show likewise assisted with impelling a few of Bardugo’s Grishaverse books back onto the New York Times bestseller list.
Season 1 of the series — spoiler alert for those who’ve yet to watch — finished with Li’s Alina Starkov (a.k.a. the Sun Summoner, with the power to manifest light) getting away from the control of the malevolent Darkling (Barnes) from inside the Fold after a few different characters go to her guide. After Alina and her compatriots head out in a different direction, the Darkling rises out of the Fold, scarred at this point significantly more remarkable, with a few “volcra” (a.k.a. fearsome monsters who inhabit the Fold) trailing along him.
In a interview with Variety before the Season 1 debut, Heisserer said his decision to finish up the season with a particularly significant cliffhanger “was me daring Netflix not to renew us.”
Heisserer took a unusual strategy to adjusting Bardugo’s novels, combining the “Shadow and Bone” set of three, which follows Alina’s story, with the two “Six of Crows” novels, which happen later inside the world and with a separate set of characters. He told Variety in April that he’d as of now casually started work on Season 2, to give himself an head start on arranging how the show will keep on combining the two storylines.
“We had so much fun at the moments when these two sets of characters could find ways to integrate,” Heisserer said. “I have a lot of fun theories about how we can make this happen organically again, without really disturbing too much of the separate storylines that they’re on.”
Like Season 1, Season 2 will comprise of eight, one-hour episodes.
A year ago, Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment, which additionally produces “Stranger Things” and “Unsolved Mysteries” for Netflix, extended its first-look deal with the streamer to include features; until this point, the organization has in excess of 15 new film and TV titles in active development there. Toll additionally as of late wrapped production as the chief and maker of the Netflix feature “The Adam Project,” starring Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine Keener.
“My 21 Laps colleagues and I are thrilled that audiences around the world can continue to explore the Grishaverse and revel in the epic, unique storytelling of ‘Shadow and Bone,’” Levy said in a statement. “The fun of our jobs as producers is the collaboration with creative partners who inspire us. Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer are two such partners; together they have created a world and pantheon of characters that fans all over the globe have embraced. We can’t wait to take viewers on the wild ride that comes next.”