Lupin, the French adventure, comedy and fantasy series created by George Kay and François Uzan premiered on Netflix on January 8, it became the new jewel of the streaming platform. In just one week, it already leads the ranking of the most viewed productions in United States, France and Argentina.
The adventures of a thief “sophisticated and friendly” played by actor Omar Sy, is based on the hit saga literaria by Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941) which began with a story called ‘The arrest of Arsène Lupine’, a bandit who is dedicated to robbing the rich and who enchants for his sympathy and intelligence.
The appeal of the series exceeded the limits online and now led to increased sales of the first book in the series, “Knight Thief”, from the Hachette publishing house, and that this Wednesday re-launched a new edition due to the increase in demand.
“After the premiere of the series, we had to relaunch a reissue, of which We have already sold 10,000 copies“, declared Cécile Teouanne, director of Hachette Romans and Livre de Poche Jeunesse, to the newspaper Le Parisien, who also assured that on the online platforms “Book sales tripled.”
While Netflix production It is not a 100% adaptation of Leblanc’s works, but rather a current interpretation of the thief, the vital referent does focus on Arsène Lupin, so the protagonist is motivated to perpetrate the crimes that can be seen throughout the five chapters that the series has.
In the first chapter, the character played by Omar Sy tries to help some gangsters from the suburbs of the capital to rob in the Louvre Museum a necklace that belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, which is auctioned for $ 24 million to pay off her debt to them.
“I’ve been working this weekend and a lot of people came to ask for the Thief Knight book. We weren’t expecting it and we had to double the orders “, explained Anne-Laure Vial, co-founder of Ici librairie, on Boulevard Haussmann, another witness to success.
Lupine: The Narrative of the Literary Version
Published in 1907, “Arsène Lupine, knight thief” is a collection of nine short stories including The Queen’s Necklace, at the heart of the series’ plot.
The white-collar thief is one of the most famous characters in French literature and well-known on the Old Continent, with 17 novels and 39 short stories featuring his exploits.
The character of Lupine first appeared in a series of stories published in the revista I Know Everything in 1905, and since then there have been interpretations and adaptations in comics, plays, television series and even video games.