Five months after becoming one of the most popular streaming hits this year, Lupin returned to his fans, who were eager to know what would happen to the charming Mr. Thief as embodied by Omar Shi.
As filming was interrupted by the pandemic, Netflix released only the first five episodes of the series in January, inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s early 20th century novels.
Omar Sy plays Assane Diop. He is a fan of these novels. He uses Lupin’s role to avenge his father’s death.
The combination of the glamorous actor, the Parisian landscape and the race relations in the background made him the first real hit recorded in France by Netflix, which has invested heavily in France.
Despite the winning element, Sy himself seemed confused when asked why he was so popular.
“I really don’t know!” He smiled to reporters at the Netflix roundtable.
“When something like this happens, you have to accept it, not try to understand. It’s great, I’m very happy and excited.”
Paris will maintain its leading position in the new season, and the Orsay Museum, the Catacombs and the Chatelet will become magnificent scenery.
With 15 simultaneous languages and more than 30 subtitles, Lupin ranked first in Netflix’s most watched series in more than a dozen countries/regions in January, and became the first French series to do so in the United States.
The company said that 76 million households watched the first part of the series within 28 days after the series was released on Netflix, which put Lupin ahead of its main European competitor, the Spanish crime drama La Casa de Papel.
After Netflix entered the French market, the 2016 Marseille series was interrupted by criticism, which was a much-needed impetus for Netflix.
The relationship between the American streaming service company and France was difficult at first because it was sometimes considered a threat to the beloved movie theaters.
After opening a luxury center in Paris last year, Netflix partnered with creative industries and schools to announce that it would increase production to 27 films, serials and documentaries in 2021.
Lupin also promoted the development of French bookstores. Publisher Hachette announced that since January, new editions of Maurice Leblanc classics have sold more than 100,000 copies.