The eight-part relationship drama was introduced in March and was set to be made by Turkish manufacturing outfit Ay Yapim, with display star Özge Özpirinçci main the solid. However Netflix has scrapped the plans after producers have been refused a filming license due to the existence of a homosexual character.
Per a translation within the Monetary Occasions, If Solely’s creator Ece Yörenç informed Turkish movie web site Altyazi Fasikul: “Due to a gay character, permission to film the series was not granted and this is very frightening for the future.”
Responding to a request for remark from the FT, a spokesman for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Growth Occasion acknowledged that issues have been raised about If Solely. Deadline understands that moderately than caving to inventive modifications, Netflix determined to desert the venture.
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A Netflix spokesman didn’t touch upon the matter instantly, however stated: “Netflix remains deeply committed to our Turkish members and the creative community in Turkey. We are proud of the incredible talent we work with. We currently have several Turkish originals in production — with more to come — and look forward to sharing these stories with our members all around the world.”
Netflix’s first Turkish authentic, The Protector, premiered in 2018 and the streamer doubled down on native exhibits final yr, with commissions together with The Reward. If Solely was attributable to concentrate on an unhappily married lady who’s transported again in time to the second her husband proposed. Özpirinçci posted an image from the set over the weekend.
Following the cancellation, showrunner Yörenç retweeted a quote from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who reportedly informed Turkish newspaper Hürriyet in 2018 that he didn’t have issues about censorship within the nation. “We’re in Saudi Arabia. We’re in Pakistan. If there are no problems there, will we have problems in Turkey? I can’t imagine that,” he reportedly stated.