Netflix has greenlit sequel to South African drama Happiness is a four letter word, which was a box office success in its home country in 2016.
The original film was based on the novel of the same name by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele and followed three women – a glamorous trophy housewife, a lawyer and an art gallery – trying to find their happiness while still retaining images of success and acceptability. It grossed over $ 900,000 in its native market, surpassing several top international releases at the time.
After Happiness forever will pick up on events five years later, once again tackling brotherhood and friendship, this time with the inclusion of a new romantic arc.
Thabang Moleya is back in the director’s chair. Ayanda Halimana wrote the screenplay for the second film. Bongiwe Selane produces.
Production will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Netflix has said the film will debut on its platform later this year.
“The sequel lives on apart from the book, but obviously with some of the old characters returning to bring more drama and more sizzle into the sequel,” Khanyi Mbau said.
“We wanted to take the audience to a new place. The story picks up five years later from where we left our characters and it’s up to all of us (the actors, the producers, the crew) to take our audiences to a new place, ”added Renate Stuurman.