Streaming giant, Netflix has given the go-ahead for the sequel of hit South African movie Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word.
Based on Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s novel of the same name, the original film was released in 2016. The film tells the story of three friends trying to find their happiness while maintaining images of success and acceptability.
The film revolves around three women. Glamorous trophy housewife Zaza, played by Khanyi Mbau, seems to be living the new South African dream of money, success, and loving partners. Lawyer and compulsive perfectionist Nandi, played by Mmabatho Montsho, whose life from the outside is perfect, has a great career and forthcoming nuptials, but in reality she is suffocating. Trendy art gallery owner and serial dater Princess is played by Renate Stuurman.
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word pulled in 45,000 attendees and gross box office receipts of R2 371,782 in its opening three days. It was the best performing film of all new releases, in South Africa, on the weekend of February the 19th, and did better than international releases such as 13 Hours, Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Hail Caesar!, 50 Shades of Black and Trumbo. It was ranked at number 3 on the Top 10 after Deadpool and Vir Altyd.
“The sequel lives independently from the book but obviously with some of the old characters returning to bring more drama and more sizzle in the sequel,” said Khanyi Mbau.
“We wanted to take audiences somewhere new. The story picks up five years later from where we left our characters and it is on all of us (the cast, the producers, the crew) to take our audiences somewhere new,” added Renate Stuurman.
The sequel will be directed by Thabang Moleya, and produced by Bongiwe Selane. It will debut on Netflix later this year.