Digital platforms OPG and Youku in the country have acquired the rights to the BBC / AMC series, which is going to be entitled, per Deadline, The Godmans within that country. (This may be a way to reduce some of the stigma that comes with the series having the name “mafia” in the title, most likely.)
It almost goes without saying just how significant this move is when it comes to promoting the series and its overall international aspirations — China is one of the biggest possible markets known to man and almost any series should welcome the opportunity to air there. It’s a way to produce a significantly larger amount of income and raise the stakes for more of the series down the line. We’ve said this a few times now in regards to McMafia but it absolutely still remains the case: While the series may have been originally designed for a limited run, there is still a perfectly good reason to bring it back on the air if the audience turns out to be large enough.
We don’t want to spoil anything within this article (you can head over here if you are significantly interested in spoilers), but we will go ahead and tell you that the finale definitely does leave some room open for a season 2 if that is something that there is an interest in down the road.
At the very least, one of the huge winners in this deal is McMafia star James Norton. With this new deal it almost certainly guarantees that you are going to be able to see more of him in other projects in the future. While some of the James Bond stories that are out there are extremely premature, there could be some other gigs available to him if he does start to develop a reputation as a global star. That’s certainly something that he should welcome with his current trajectory.
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