Gareth Evans rating smash Gangs of London is coming back for a second barney. Sky has announced that the bloody Sky Original, which centres on the machinations of London’s criminal underground, will return in 2022.
The first series became the biggest Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic of the past five years, with a 7-day cumulative audience of cover 2.23m viewers for the opening episode, overtaking other hit Sky Originals Chernobyl and Save Me.
Gangs of London is also Sky’s most binged premiere boxset of the year year with just under a million choosing to watch the ninth and final episode of the series within two weeks. There have been over 16.6m downloads across the series so far.
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The first series became the biggest Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic of the past five years…
Gangs of London is the brainchild of visionary award-winning filmmaker Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery, and features spectacular Asian-influenced fight choreography that wouldn’t look out of place in his Raid martial arts movie series.
“Both myself and Jude Poyer, the stunt coordinator, have the same interest in East Asian action cinema, so all of our influences come from there,” explained Evans, when interviewed for Yahoo! Movies. “We both watched the same Jackie Chan films and Sammo Hung films, and could wax endlessly about the nerdy aspects of Hong Kong cinema. As a result, we just can’t help it: There’s a flavour to those fights which permeates into our work.”
The series is produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister for Sky Studios, filming on Series two is planned for next year, with the series returning in 2022.
“Not only is Gangs of London Sky’s most binged premiere box-set this year, it’s the biggest original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years,” says Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content. “It’s dark, dangerous and we are thrilled it is coming back for a second series.”
Can I watch Gangs of London in the US?
AMC has picked up rights for Gangs of London Series One in the US and will also join as a co-producer for Series Two. Viewers Stateside will be able to watch Gangs of London Series One this autumn on AMC, with the show also scheduled to air on Sky in Germany and Italy this summer.
“AMC is the perfect home for our show, and we cannot wait for audiences stateside to experience series one this Autumn,” says Thomas Benski, Pulse Films CEO.