A second series of the highly successful drama series Cordon has begun shooting this week. Produced by Eyeworks for Flanders commercial broadcaster vtm, the series returns to the survivors in the sealed-off centre of Antwerp after the outbreak of a deadly virus. Earlier this month, an American remake of the series, Containment, was presented at Comic-Con.

CordonWritten by Carl Joos (The Broken Circle Breakdown), the first season of Cordon told how everyday life in the centre of Antwerp came to a sudden halt after the outbreak of a contagious and deadly virus. When the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world to protect the health of the rest of the country, it brings out the very best – but also the very worst – in those who are shut in.

The second series returns to the quarantine zone and its remaining survivors. Should they keep on hoping for a cure that allows them to go back to normal life? Or does their only future lie within the walls of this involuntarily confinement?

Tom De Wispelaere (Borgman, Schneider vs Bax), Wouter Hendrickx (Oxygen) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Team) are among others returning for the second season, joined by new faces such as Mathias Sercu (Marsman, Salamander) and Jurgen Delnaet (Copacabana, In Flanders Fields). Eshref Reybrouck will be directing the series.

Cordon became an instant hit when it first aired in Flanders in March 2014, reaching an average market share of around 43%. The series was invited to the Séries Mania festival in Paris, while BBC Four broadcast the 10-parter in its Saturday-night thriller slot. The CW Television Network also commissioned an American remake, Containment, which had its world premiere screening at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego in early July.

Cordon 2 is produced by Gunter Schmid and Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium (De Ridder, Home grown). The series received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Thursday 30 July 2015

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