‘The Chestnut Man’ Renewed for Standalone Sequel Series at Netflix

The show isn't returning for a season 2 but rather a new spin-off sequel series.

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The Chestnut Man Renewed At Netflix For Sequel Series

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If you’ve been wondering whether The Chestnut Man will ever return for a season 2, Netflix just confirmed the show’s future, with it set to receive a sequel series. 

Easily one of the best Nordic crime thrillers Netflix has ever released, The Chestnut Man first landed on our screens on September 29th, 2021. The Danish show adapts the novel by Søren Sveistrup, which follows a string of murders and the two detectives who hunting to find the killer, who uses small figurines made of chestnuts to mark his kills.

The show holds a 7.7 on IMDb and a 100% RottenTomatoes score.

The renewal (of sorts) came as Netflix announced its wide-ranging Nordics lineup for 2024, 2025, and even 2026, confirming over two dozen movies and series coming from the region. Deadline mistakenly calls the sequel a feature film when, in fact, we’ve had clarification that it’s due to be a series.

Danica Curcic and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard will be returning for the sequel, with the former playing Naia Thulin and the latter playing Mark Hess.

Netflix hasn’t provided a full synopsis for the sequel just yet but rather a recap of the original series:

“A 41-year-old woman is found murdered. When the police in their hunt for the perpetrator examine the woman’s digital prints, it is clear that she, for months, has been exposed to a violent form of stalking. The as-of-yet-unknown perpetrator has played an involuntary game of hide-and-seek with her by monitoring her in private situations and sending her pictures and videos in a steady stream together with what looks like a nursery rhyme. It quickly becomes clear that the murder can be linked to another unsolved case, where a 17-year-old high school student a couple of years ago was also subjected to a violent form of stalking before she was found dead. Mark Hess is back in Copenhagen and undertakes to lead the investigation, together with his former partner Naia Thulin. However, the relationship between the two investigators is complicated. After the case of the Chestnut Man, Hess and Thulin tried dating, but the relationship ended abruptly and was filled with unresolved feelings.”

Dorte Warnøe Høgh and Emilie Lebech Kaae will be writing the sequel series with SAM Productions producing. Milad Alami is currently on board as a conceptual director for the sequel series with Morten Kjems Hytten Juhl and Stine Meldgaard Madsen producing.

The series is far off for now, with Netflix confirming that the sequel won’t be on our screens until at least 2026.

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The Chestnut Man. (L to R) Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Danica Curcic. – Credit: Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann

How well did The Chestnut Man perform on Netflix?

According to FlixPatrol, the show managed to enter a slew of countries’ TV top 10s following its release. They track that at least 58 countries saw the show enter the top 10 for at least one day. Top performing countries included Denmark (70 days in the top 10s), Sweden (62 days), Czech Republic (61 days), Norway (61 days), and Hungary (51 days). We’ve noticed that titles in the top 10s for over 30 days in their home country have a high chance of renewal. While it took some time, we’ve finally got that renewal.

We’ve also got official data from Netflix on The Chestnut Man too! The show was featured in the global non-English top 10s for five weeks, and it picked up over 100 million hours of watchtime globally. According to the Netflix Engagement Report, between January and June 2023, the show was watched for 12.40 million hours.

Are you looking forward to another season of The Chestnut Man on Netflix? Let us know in the comments down below.

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