Magazine article Screen International

Netflix to Adapt 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix to Adapt 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'

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Spanish-language series approved by late author’s family.

In its latest move to adapt a literary classic for the streaming world and ramp up Spanish-language production, Netflix has acquired the rights to develop Gabriel García Márquez’s landmark novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude as a Spanish language original series.

García Márquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha will serve as executive producers on the series, which Netflix said will be filmed mainly in Colombia.

This would be the first mainstream, family-approved screen version of One Hundred Years of Solitude, which was first published in 1967 and helped establish the literary genre of magic realism. The novel is estimated to have sold 50million copies around the world in 46 languages.

The novel was adapted for the big screen in the 1980s by Japanese film and theatre director Shuji Terayama as Farewell To The Ark. Terayama’s Japan-set version of the story screened in competition at the 1985 Cannes film festival but was reportedly not sanctioned by Garcia Marquez.

Other big screen versions of GarcíaMarquez novels have included Francesco Rosi’s 1987 film Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, Mike Newell’s 2007 take on Love In The Time Of Cholera, and Mexican director Arturo Ripstein’s 1999 adaptation of No One Writes To The Colonel.

GarcíaMarquez, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and died in 2014, himself wrote a number of feature films, among them 1979 Mexican production The Year Of The Plague, 1989 Colombian film Miracle In Rome (based on GarcíaMarquez’s own short story) and Colombia’s 2001 best foreign language film Oscar submission The Invisible Children. …

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