Netflix to adapt ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ for TV
| Netflix to adapt ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ for TV |
|2019-03-15 08:53 Shenzhen Daily|
NOBEL Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s signature novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is headed to Netflix.
The video streaming giant has acquired the rights to develop the literary classic, first published in 1967, as a Spanish-language TV series. Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha will executive-produce the series, to be shot in Colombia.
“For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Anos 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,” said Garcia in a statement.
The Colombian writer’s other novels like “Chronicles of a Death Foretold” and “Love in a Time of Cholera” were adapted as movies or TV series, but Marquez never allowed the rights to “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to be optioned as he couldn’t see how a novel about the Buendia family told over many generations could be adapted for the big or small screen.
Alvaro Santana-Acuna, assistant professor of sociology at Whitman College in Washington State, who is writing a book on “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” said major Hollywood studios early on came knocking for the adaptation rights to the classic novel, especially after the Colombian writer won the Nobel Prize in 1982.
But Marquez resisted, on creative grounds, while welcoming adaptations of his other novels. “Garcia Marquez was concerned that an adaptation for the screen would reduce the reader’s creativity, as they would imagine characters, events, and places in a more personal way (reading the novel) than when presented on the screen,” Santana-Acuna explained.
Garcia insisted the talent in writing and direction required to turn his father’s novel into a TV series was now at hand. “We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product,” Garcia added.
Francisco Ramos, vice president of Spanish language originals for Netflix, added in his own statement: “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.”(SD-Agencies)