Netflix Greenlights ‘Sacred Games’ Second Season; Korean Espionage Drama ‘Vagabond’

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.

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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.

Lee Seung Gi and Bae Suzy in Korean spy drama, ‘Vagabond.’

Separately, Vagabond, an action-packed Korean espionage drama series, starring Lee Seung-gi (The King 2 HeartsA 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.

Netflix Bows First Original Series in India

Netflix July 4 began streaming “Sacred Games,” the SVOD pioneer’s first original content in India. A global launch is set for July 6.

Next to China, India represents one of the biggest untapped consumer markets for Netflix and Amazon. The latter bowed its Prime membership platform in India in 2016, including Prime Video. Earlier this year, Amazon Music streaming service launched as well.

Streaming in Hindi and English, Mumbai mob drama “Sacred Games” features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, and Surveen Chawla, among others.

The series is the first of several Indian productions slated for global release on Netflix similar to original native shows in Germany (“Dark”) and Latin America, “Narcos”.

“There are great stories everywhere, but there are really four or five centers of TV and film (worldwide),”  Erik Barmack, VP, international originals at Netflix, told Reuters. “Mumbai is certainly one of them, and it is important for us, because we are going to be actively invested in India.”