August 3, 2021

Lupin, the hit Netflix series inspired by a classic book, season 2

Lupin focuses on the story of Assane Diop, interpreted by Omar Sy (from Untouchables). Twenty-five years after his father was wrongfully accused of a crime, he seeks revenge. Master of disguise, Assane is inspired by the book “Arsene Lupin, the Robber in Cloak“, from Maurice Leblanc, in search of justice.

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Arsene Lupin, the thief in the coat

when created Arsène Lupin, for over a century, Maurice Leblanc I could never have predicted that his character would go down in history and would inspire so many other works. His first appearance was in the short story “Arsene Lupine’s Arrest”, from 1905. Lupin, the thief in a frock coat, robs his victims, but he does not give in to violence and, in most cases, he robs those who have grown rich illegally or dishonestly. Very stylish, wears a top hat and a monocle, he is extremely agile, can assume any identity he wishes and is always one step ahead of his enemies. Athletic and courageous, Lupine never ceases to defy the police and his rebellion attracted French readers.

Maurice Leblanc, author of Lupine

Maurice Leblanc, creator of the character that inspired the series – photo: YouTube reproduction

Pop culture embraced the work of Maurice Leblanc which has been adapted for theater, film and television across generations. The author’s literary legacy inspired French comic book writers in the late 1940s and 1960s manga, which were a big hit in Japan.

The challenge in creating Lupine was to adapt an icon of French literature with an original angle that resonated with a younger generation. The story of Leblanc, retold in its contemporary version in the series of Netflix, is a big hit. Created by George Kay, the series adopts the main characteristics of the character, intelligence, bravery and sense of humor combining action, emotion and romance, besides earning many points with the impeccable performance of Omar Sy.

The Lupine phenomenon

The series is carried out by Gaumont Television, from the oldest film production company in the world. After the release of the first part of Lupin, 140,000 copies of Maurice Leblanc’s books were sold in France and in French-speaking countries.

With 99% critical approval in the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Lupine was also a blockbuster. 76 million homes watched its first season in the first 28 days of release. Furthermore, it was the first French series to enter the top 10 of Netflix in the US.

Omar Sy at the Lupine scene

Omar Sy in Lupin’s scene – photo: Netflix disclosure

With exciting twists, the first five episodes still conquered the Brazilian audience. Lupine touches on themes such as racism, social inequality and colonialism. It’s a contemporary story about legacy, family, about being a son and being a father.

What to expect from season 2?

Lupine’s first part ends with a huge hook. The creators promise a lot of action, suspense and excitement for Part 2. The search for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini continues, but the lives of Assane and his family are in more danger than ever.

In the literary work, Lupine plays with the police, but he sympathizes with the officers. He identifies with a character, the Detective Ganimard, and even do him favors. In Leblanc’s latest novels, Lupine is an investigator and befriends the commissioner. That’s the spirit for creating the detective. Guedira, lived by Soufiane Guerrab, on the Serie. He and Assane are on opposite sides of the law, but they identify with each other. Your passion for the novels of Maurice Leblanc it makes him the closest cop to think like Lupine and understand his modus operandi.

lupine series detectives

Detective Guedira, on the right, is a fan of Leblanc’s books and the only one to understand the mind of the Arséne thief – photo: disclosure

For Assane, everyone is predictable but him. He was for a long time in control of his own life and now he will face a moment of great uncertainty. In the second part of the series, he will develop a respectful relationship with detective Guedira.

The Paris settings are very important in the creation of the series, not to mention the French culture, history and way of life. And in Lupine Part 2, we’ll see more of the real city, not just the monuments, but the suburbs, the subway, buses and even the Paris Catacombs.

This Friday, five more episodes, which should fly by, debut on Netflix. If you like marathoning, it’s a great opportunity to watch it all at once. But I would recommend tasting every minute of this series that is fantastic.

Bia Amaral

Journalist from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, I work as an audiovisual producer at Rede Minas. Passionate about stories, on MIXIDO channel, I do reviews and analysis of movies and TV series and streaming. I study feminist cinema and make lists on Letterboxd.