The first creation from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's production company, Archewell Productions, will be Heart Of Invictus, a new docu-series that reveals "the human stories and resilient spirit behind the Invictus Games," which Prince Harry co-founded in 2014.
The multi-episode documentary will follow a group of Invictus Games competitors from around the world, who are all service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses, as they prepare for the big competition at The Hague in the Netherlands. The Games were originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but have been pushed back to spring 2022 due to COVID, and the series will also follow the organisers as they work to pull together the competition.
Prince Harry's Invictus Games Foundation has worked in partnership with Archewell Productions for the series, which will be directed by Oscar-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. And by the sound of it, Harry is pretty chuffed about it.
"Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year," said the Duke.
"As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service."
News of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix deal emerged last September. The couple reportedly have plans for feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming alongside docu-series, which is their first foray into the production world.
"Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope," the couple said in a statement last year. "As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us." The Sussexes, who last year bought their first home together in Santa Barbara, added that Netflix’s "unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."
Heart Of Invictus doesn't yet have a launch date, but considering the next Invictus Games aren't scheduled until 2022, we could well be waiting until next year to watch it. Whenever it lands, we look forward to giving it a watch, and for some reason suspect we may need to have tissues at the ready...
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