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The Showrunner Films production ranked in the top 5 most-watched films on the platform in June

The Spanish Action Thriller Xtreme Achieves Global Visibility with Netflix Release

According to the portal Flixpatrol, which monitors streaming platforms, the film directed by Daniel Benmayor ranked in the top 5 most-watched movies on Netflix in the month of June. Netflix has more than 158 million paying subscribers worldwide.

Following its release on June 4, Xtreme ranked number one on Netflix for five days after its release. In addition to Spain, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Pakistan, France and Morocco are among the territories where the film has been the most well received.

The action thriller stars martial arts specialist Teo García, Óscar Jaenada “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides”, Óscar Casas “Instinct”, Andrea Duro “Cathedral of the Sea” (La Catedral del Mar) and Sergio Peris-Mencheta “Rambo: Last Blood”.

Written by Iván Ledesma and based on a story by Teo García and Genaro Rodríguez, it was shot at the end of last year during seven weeks in different locations in Barcelona.

Xtreme is the first production from Showrunner Films, which was founded in 2019 by Julieta Videla and Vicente Canales, a frontrunner in international sales through Film Factory Entertainment. The objective: to consolidate the company's position in the sector by investing in the production of Spanish-language films with great international potential.

It is "a commitment to action films made in Spain. A film conceived for the global market, but with the character and originality of Spanish cinema," in the words of Broadcasters.

Benmayor assures that "just as a Spanish horror brand was created, with Xtreme we have the opportunity to create a Spanish action brand."

Road to global success

With the visibility obtained after its release, Xtreme begins to follow a path that other recent Spanish films such as “The Platform” and “Below Zero”, which achieved enormous international popularity after their release through the global streaming operator, have already taken.

According to Netflix sources, "we believe that great stories come from all over the world and that is why we offer our users local and authentic narratives, as is the case with “The Platform”, “Below Zero” and “Xtreme”.

Released on January 29, the thriller “Below Zero”, directed by Lluís Quílez and starring Javier Gutiérrez, was number one on Netflix for several consecutive days, reaching 47 million plays worldwide.

In addition to Spain, the territories where the film obtained the best results were Italy, France, Germany, the Middle East and Latin America.

This Morena Films, Amorós Production production, with the participation of RTVE, Netflix and Film Factory Entertainment, embodies a Spanish art-house cinema genre that had previously worked on Netflix with “The Platform”.

Produced by Basque Films and Mr Miyagi Films, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia's dystopia was discovered by the sales agency Latido Films in the Work In Progress section of the 2019 Malaga Film Festival. It later won the People's Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival.

After its release on Netflix on March 20th, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, its popularity continued to increase, remaining for a long time among the most-viewed productions on the platform. For a time, it was the most-watched film in the United States. While it was in Netflix’s top 10 during July of last year, it accumulated 56 million views worldwide.

Upcoming films

Among Netflix's upcoming releases in Spanish cinema lies Álvaro Fernández Armero's comedy “A Thousand Kilometers from Christmas”. This production by Kiko Martínez (Secret Origins) and “Nadie Es Perfecto” will arrive on the platform for Christmas 2021.

The release of “The Beast”, David Casademunt's debut film, produced by Rodar y Rodar, which was part of the first edition of ECAM's Incubator, is expected in 2022.

Also arriving will be “Crystal Girls”, the new film by Jota Linares for Netflix after “Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island?” with María Pedraza and production by Nacho Manubens together with Juan Solá, Toni Sevilla and Mark Albella for Federation Spain, the Spanish subsidiary of the multinational Federation, in its commitment to establish alliances with new talents.
Other Spanish titles coming to Netflix from 2022 are “Centaur”, a thriller directed by Daniel Calparsoro (To Steal from a Thief), based on the original film “Burn Out”, and “A Mother’s Love”, a comedy directed by Paco Caballero (Perdiendo el Este).