Money Heist creator is making a pandemic-inspired Netflix series

Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) - Credit: Netflix
Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) - Credit: Netflix /

Money Heist creator Alex Pina has renewed his deal with Netflix and is already working on his next project at the streaming service, reports Deadline. Those familiar with Money Heist might have seen Pina’s other works on Netflix, including White Lines and Sky Rojo.

He’s also currently working on a Money Heist spinoff centered around Pedro Alonso’s Berlin character, slated for a 2023 release. Given Pina’s success, it’s understandable why Netflix would want to continue cultivating their creative partnership with Pina, who has proven his prowess when it comes to making thrilling television.

However, his newest project will probably some eyebrows with its somewhat polarizing concept.

Money Heist creator Alex Pina is making a pandemic-inspired series

Most people are tired of hearing about COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic in their daily lives, whether through news or references in their favorite television shows. The few pandemic-themed TV shows and movies released in the last few years haven’t been well-received. NBC’s sitcom Connecting was even pulled from air.

In short, most of us would rather turn to television and fiction as an escape and not a reminder of what we’re going through right now in real life. But Pina’s next show idea came to him after reading a Spanish newspaper article about a rise in people purchasing bunkers after the pandemic.

We don’t have more details beyond that, but it sounds like Pina’s next show will be inspired by COVID-19. It’s just unclear how much it will stay true to life. Considering Pina is still working on a few other things, we probably won’t see this show debut until late 2023 or 2024 at the earliest, potentially later. Maybe by then, people will be more open to the idea.

Pina said Netflix has allowed him to produce “risky and different projects, which have been written with total freedom” and that “this new stage is an extension of trust as we stand alongside some of the most important creators of contemporary fiction and bridge the gaps that have existed until very recently between North America and the rest of the world.”

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