Netflix adventure Sunderland could go into a THIRD series after an unexpected drama of English football season suspension due to corona virus crisis
- Producers Fulwell 73 planned to take up only two series for Netflix
- However, the filmmakers say the season’s suspension could open the door
- Leo Pearlman and Ben Turner hope the show will be uplifting for those who isolate
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Sunderland creators “Til I Die have said they would consider filming a third series of the hit show to document the return of football after the corona virus crisis.
Producers Fulwell 73 had planned that series two of the Netflix program – which will be launched on Wednesday week – be the last.
But filmmakers Leo Pearlman and Ben Turner told it Sports email that this season’s suspension could open the door for them to rethink their Sunderland story.
The second season of Sunderland ‘Til I which will be released on Netflix on April 1
Executive producer Pearlman said, “Season one and season two felt different. So we asked ourselves, “What would feel different about season three? What would be the big change? ‘
“The truth was that when we looked at it, it was quite difficult to see how we would creatively create something that was original, unique and brave again.
“But I actually think the end of this season, and if it gets canceled entirely, which seems more and more likely, could mean there’s a reason to do something more. But let’s see how people react to this series and then we’ll come back. ‘
The first series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die followed the relegation of the Championship’s Black Cats in 2017-18, as the new show documents their failed attempt to leave League One last season under new owners Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven.
The arrival of new owner Stewart Donald did not result in promotion for Sunderland last year
Co-producer Turner added, “It felt like it was a bit of an ending, but chances are we can come back.”
The Fulwell 73 duo – who are Sunderland fans – also hope the show will be uplifting for viewers forced to stay at home due to restrictions imposed by corona virus.
Pearlman said, “As things have gone, the timing is right. I think everyone is looking for new content and especially new sports content.
“But I also think there’s a pretty amazing message coming out of this show that everyone can join right now, and that’s the sense of community and togetherness that both series one and series two show under pretty unfavorable conditions.”
The second series features The Black Cats losing to Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy final
Pearlman hopes the second series will prove to be as popular as the first, reaching such global reach that last year it even helped attract new American investors to Sunderland.
He said, “Things like that are a positive by-product, but they can never be the intention or the goal. We are Sunderland fans, but first and foremost filmmakers and you have to treat it honestly and truthfully.
“My favorite story is that in South Korea, behind the success of the series, there is now a Sunderland supporters’ club that meets somewhere in a pub once a month. They can’t download the games so they sit down and look at the text messages on their phone. There are eight. ‘
Sunderland has no editorial control over the new Netflix series behind the scenes
Unlike the recent Amazon Prime documentary about Leeds, produced by owner Andrea Radrizzani’s company Eleven Studios, Sunderland has no editorial control over the Netflix series.
Pearlman added, “I can’t really understand the arrogance and ego if I believe that something that is self-funded and actually a multi-part promotional piece will be of interest to everyone, even your own fans.
“It’s all well and good to make that content, but for what purpose? It does not make any sense. ‘
Til I Die S2 by Sunderland will be released on Netflix on Wednesday 1 April