It’s a good day for fans of Idris Elba’s nail-biting limited series “Hijack.”
Apple TV+ has confirmed that Elba is set to return as negotiator Sam Nelson in a second season of the high-octane drama, which quickly became one of the streamer’s top shows when it dropped last year.
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Told almost in real-time, the series follows Nelson on a seven-hour plane ride from Dubai to London which is hijacked by terrorists. A seasoned negotiator, Nelson quickly steps in to try and diffuse the situation before anyone gets killed – but soon realizes there is more to the hijackers’ plot than first seems. Archie Panjabi, Christine Adams, Max Beesley and Ben Miles also starred.
“I was floored by the overwhelming audience response after Season 1,” Elba said. “It’s top secret what new situation unfolds for Sam Nelson, but I can assure you we will bring the high octane back!”
Idris will also return to executive produce the show alongside creators George Kay and Jim Field Smith’s company Idiotlamp Productions. 60Forty Films’ Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Tom Nash will also exec produce.
Field Smith (“Criminal”) is on board as lead director for the series.
“Global audiences were on tenterhooks watching Idris’ riveting performance in ‘Hijack,’ and we’re thrilled to be working again with 60Forty and Idiotlamp on an equally compelling Season 2,” said Jay Hunt, Apple TV+’s creative director for Europe.
No plot details for the new season have been revealed, but last summer Elba told Variety he would be up for returning as Nelson if he and the team could find the right storyline.
“I’m open to that character coming back. I think if people were compelled to like the character, then I’m in,” Elba said. “But it’s kind of like — he’s not a cop [so] what would be the acceptable Sam Nelson return? And if I’m honest, I’m not sure. I’d like that, but I just don’t want to put him on another hijack.”
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