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Netflix Delays Release of First Turkish Series, Re-shoots Scenes

Netflix has delayed the release date of its first Turkish series, ‘The Protector’, which was originally scheduled for September, after some of the scenes were not found satisfying, the daily Posta reported on Sunday.

Netflix announced in March that it was filming the first season of the drama, starring famous Turkish actor Cagatay Ulusoy. However according to the Posta report, the company was not satisfied with the first five episodes, shot by director Can Evrenol.

A number of scenes were cut off the show, while Netflix started to search for new directors, and eventually handed the project to directors Umut Aral and Gonenc Uyanik.

Due to re-shooting of some scenes, the production exceeded its initial budget and the release date had to be pushed back.

The Protector is described on the Netlix official website as:

“Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.”

The series follows the epic adventure of Hakan (played by Ulusoy), a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns he’s connected to a secret, ancient order, tasked with protecting Istanbul.

“At the story’s start, Hakan couldn’t be further from a hero — just an ordinary guy in this city of 15 million, where East meets West and past meets present. He must quickly learn that his hometown is under threat from the mysterious, mystical Immortals, and it’s his job to stop them. It’s a task he’s not only unprepared for, but resists — will he fulfill his destiny as the last protector?”

Ulusoy is accompanied by Ayca Aysin Turan, Okan Yalabik and Hazar Erguclu in the series.

Posta reported that Netflix was content with the final work and struck a deal with the production company for a second Turkish show.

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