Talks have been held between Netflix and Six Nations chiefs, and a deal to create a behind-the-scenes documentary series is “thought to be close,” according to City A.M.
The series is set to follow in the footsteps of Drive to Survive, a popular docuseries which focused on Formula 1 racing. If all goes to plan successfully, the series will begin filming at the beginning of next year’s international tournament.
The news comes just a few weeks after England Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union have permitted filming to take place in their dressing rooms for the first time. By allowing greater access to the behind-the-scenes world of rugby, there are hopes that the sport will be able to develop its fanbase, which is currently facing financial difficulties.
Former director of British and Irish Lions documentaries, Ben Utterly, told City A.M., “If Netflix are going to be investing in this, they will want to get it out before the World Cup [in late 2023].”
He continued, “The only alternative would be to do a longer running series where they try and pick up the momentum from after the World Cup which would be a much longer commitment. I’m not quite sure if the audience is big enough for Netflix to invest [in that option] heavily.”