May 7, 2019
As expected, Netflix has greenlighted a second season of “Sacred Games,” the eight-episode Indian police drama starring Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan that became a global hit for the subscription streaming video behemoth.
“Games” is one of six new original programs Netflix has in production in India in 2019.
While the Mumbai-set crime drama was praised for its theatrical production values and aggressive storylines, the future of the series was put in doubt last year after reported allegations of sexual misconduct by a senior executive with the show’s production company – Phantom Films – surfaced.
Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos last year on a trip to Mumbai said the company investigated claims “Games” showrunners Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap ignored the allegations and found no wrongdoing on their behalf.
“We are committed to making sure that the workplace [on Netflix programs] is safe and respectful, always,” Sarandos told Indian media. “We have instituted harassment training on all our productions in India — it is the same exact program we do in the U.S. and everywhere in the world. And everybody from the top to bottom of the production must go through it before we roll cameras.”
Netflix initiated the training following allegations of inappropriate behavior by “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey made national headlines.
Separately, Vagabond, an action-packed Korean espionage drama series, starring Lee Seung-gi (The King 2 Hearts, A Korean Odyssey) and Bae Suzy (Architecture 101, While You Were Sleeping), will launch globally in September. It will be available on Netflix exclusively outside Korea.