Global streaming platform Netflix has lined up a South African drama titled Happiness Ever After as a sequel to Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, which debuted in 2016.
Directed by Thabang Moleya, the original film is based on Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s award-winning book of the same title, which follows three women looking for happiness while maintaining images of success and acceptability.
Moleya returns to helm Happiness Ever After, which will continue the story from five years ago while including sisterhood and friendship, as well as a new romantic story arc.
Production will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, while the film will debut on Netflix later this year. It is produced by Bongiwe Selane (Nomalanga & the Witch) and Ayanda Halimana is the screenwriter.
Cast member Khanyi Mbau said: “The sequel lives independently from the book but obviously with some of the old characters returning to bring more drama and more sizzle in the sequel.”
Another cast member, Renate Stuurman, added: “We wanted to take audiences somewhere new. The story picks up five years later from where we left our characters and it is on all of us (the cast, the producers, the crew) to take our audiences somewhere new.”