Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ Resumes Production After $333,000 Theft From Set


In a case of life imitating art, the set of Netflix’s hit show Lupine was held up – in multiple ways – by a group of about 20 people who stormed the production area and stole $333,000 in film equipment and personal effects. Filming stopped for several days to pull itself together. Initially, it looked like Netflix had become a bigger target as it was the company’s second production to be stolen in as many days.

“Lupin” is one of Netflix’s biggest international hits

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Lupine is the second most popular Netflix show to be translated for English-speaking audiences, according to Variety, with only squid game gaining more viewership in the US The show follows Assane Diop, played by Omar Sy, who seeks revenge for his father’s death by impersonating French literary icon Arsene Lupin. Lupine, originally introduced in Maurice LeBlanc’s French books as “Gentleman Burglar”, is comparable to the lore surrounding other literary and cultural figures like Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.

After two parts of five episodes each, Lupine is shooting part 3 in France. However, the show experienced a brief delay in filming when a group of thieves wielding firecrackers ran onto the set and interrupted production.

Thieves stole movie gear and more from ‘Lupin’ set

Variety confirmed that the theft took place on February 25 on the outskirts of Paris in the Nanterre district. A Snapchat video that was later uploaded to Twitter (above) shows some of the drama: Several people in balaclavas rush onto set, grab a large microphone and several black cases from the street, and rush into the middle of a handful of popping noises, later confirmed to be fireworks.

Brahim Rochdi, owner of Le 35 restaurant where Lupine was filming at the time, said Sy hid in his office and stayed safe during the ordeal. In fact, Rochdi was amused by early descriptions of the flight.

“It’s a big word, ‘robbery,'” Rochdi told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview conducted in French. “You use that word for a bank robbery… What I saw was kids with firecrackers popping up, that’s all.”

He mentioned that most of the people who got away with stolen goods were thought to be teenagers, although the identities were unconfirmed. “From what I’ve been told, the maximum age [of the thieves] was 15, but there were 12, 13 and 14 year olds,” Rochdi said. Nanterre police are still investigating. Despite the hiatus, filming resumed a few days later on February 28.

The set of ‘The Crown’ was robbed a day before that of ‘Lupin’

Lupine wasn’t the only Netflix show to steal valuables from the set. Just a day before in England, more than $200,000 in antiques had been stolen from three vehicles at a truck park in Yorkshire – the UK’s equivalent of a truck stop – which were used on the set of The crown.

The items aren’t very valuable individually, but there were plenty of them, as the thieves got away with about 350 pieces, according to Variety. The loot includes a replica Fabergé egg, several gold and silver candelabras and a grandfather clock face from William IV.

“Stolen items are not necessarily in the best condition and therefore of limited resale value. However, they are valuable as pieces for the British film industry,” Alison Harvey, series designer for The crown Season 5, told the Antiques Trade Gazette.

The back-to-back robberies sparked some of the earliest conspiracy theories that Netflix productions were widely targeted, but these died down when it emerged the two weren’t remotely connected – and all the more so. that none has happened since.

What Omar Sy said about “Lupin” Part 3

Omar Sy in ‘Lupin’ on Netflix | Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix

There aren’t many confirmed details on what awaits Sy’s Assane Diop in LupineWith the third installment of: Filming still underway, we’re probably a long way from the trailers to give us an idea of ​​what to expect.

However, Sy has given some clues in interviews over the past year. Among those who will return will be Diop’s canine companion, J’accuse, reports Entertainment Weekly. On top of that, Sy said Diop’s network of accomplices will likely grow – modeled on the wide circle of contacts who assist Arsene Lupin in the original books.

“When you read the books, Lupine has a lot of accomplices. But [in the show] he had the one who is Benjamin, but he needs people, [so he] hires them,” Sy said in the EW interview. “I think it’s going to be more interesting maybe one day with a big cast with a lot of people.”

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