The fascinating history of courses, ships, battles, excellent actors, a huge budget – all this gave hope that the series Barbarossa: Sword of the Mediterranean would become the major hit of the Turkish air. But something went wrong. What will the producers of the project do now?
The TV series from the state channel TRT1 and ES film TV company Barbarossa: Sword of the Mediterranean was the most awaited by Turkish audiences. Not surprisingly, the first episode of the project topped the ratings, but then something went wrong. Viewers were disappointed by the quality of special effects, a boring story and poor cinematography at the level of the 90s of the last century. The result is a drop in ratings. This week, the project didn’t even make it to the top ten most-watched TV series in Turkey.
The management of ES Films and State TV channel is well aware that their show did not live up to the expectations and is doing everything possible to change the situation. A week ago it became known that from the fifth episode, the script for the project would be written by a new team led by veterans Serdar Ozonlan and Hakan Eremez, who had previously worked on the series. Resurrection Ertugrul and Awakening: The Great Seljuk.
And now, a new big change. The producers have said goodbye to director Dogan Emit Karaka and cinematographer Munir Gursoy. The new director of the project is Berat Ozdogan, who was previously the second director of the Awakening: The Great Seljuk series. The operator group was led by Ersson Saipan. The new team began filming episode 6 on Tuesday. Whether these radical changes can hold audiences back or have the disappointment proved to be too much, and they will be of little help, we’ll find out in the coming weeks.