Updated: March 7, 2019 12:43:35 pm
Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century.
The streaming company announced Wednesday that it will adapt the 1967 book into a Spanish language series. It will be filmed largely in Colombia.
Garcia Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha will serve as executive producers.
In a statement, Garcia said, “For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad because he believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice.” He further said, “But in the current golden age of series, with the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content, and the acceptance by worldwide audiences of programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product.”
Francisco Ramos, Vice President, Spanish Language Originals for Netflix said, “We are incredibly honored to be entrusted with the first filmed adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a timeless and iconic story from Latin America that we are thrilled to share with the world.” He continued, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”
One Hundred Years of Solitude has sold an estimated 47 million copies and been translated into 46 languages.
(With inputs from AP)
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