Money Heist turns 4: Makers say ‘four years ago, we were nervous’ just like the gang

screenmixMay 3, 2021

It’s been four years that Netflix show Money Heist premiered on Spanish TV network Antena 3 under the original name La Casa De Papel (The House of Paper), before the streaming platform bought its rights. Marking the occasion, its banner Vancouver Media Productions on Sunday, shared a post on Instagram, leaving fans emotional.

The production house picked a still from the show’s first episode from its season 1, where the gang is heading towards the Royal Mint of Spain, the location of their first robbery. In the still, the group is seated in the truck with focus on Tokyo who’s explaining why they were nervous at that point of time.

Through the still, Vancouver Media Productions is trying to draw parallels between the gang’s state of mind as they embark on their first robbery, and the offscreen emotion of the makers who were equally nervous about the future of the show during its debut on May 2, 2017.

The Spanish caption of the post loosely translated as, “At this time, four years ago, we were nervous because we were going to premiere our first series: La Casa de Papel. Today, shooting # LCDP5 with @netflix, we can only thank everyone who has made it possible.”

money heist stills Money Heist 4 ended on a cliffhanger as the gang was undertaking its robbery at the Bank of Spain. (Photo: Netflix)

Money Heist is among the most-watched non-English language series on Netflix globally. Created by Álex Pina, it has an ensemble cast of actors Álvaro Morte (The Professor), Úrsula Coberó (Tokyo), Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Pedro Alonso (Berlin), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockhom), and others.

After making its debut on Spanish TV with an astounding 4.3 million views, its audience fell drastically in season 2. Netflix bought the show and added it in its international catalogue, re-cutting its original 15 episodes into 22 shorter ones. It soon became the top viewed show on Netflix in six countries – France, Italy, Chile, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina. It currently holds an IMDb rating of 8.3.

Netflix renewed the show for its fifth and final season in July last year. It went on floors in August 2020, but the production got delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Netflix announced that Money Heist 5 will be a 10-episode season, that will release in the last quarter of 2021.

As the show is nearing a wrap up of its production, its actors have been expressing gratitude on social media. So far, actors Pedro Alonso, Miguel Herrán and Jaime Lorente have shared cryptic posts on Instagram.