Netflix to turn Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude into Spanish-language series

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A report from The Daily Mail.

Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’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.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude, which has sold an estimated 47 million copies and been translated into 46 languages, has never before been adapted for the screen.

Mercedes Barcha, the widow of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and her sons Rodrigo (2-L) and Gonzalo (C), who have sold the rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude to Netflix; they will work as executive producers on the Spanish-language show

 

Mercedes Barcha, the widow of Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, and her sons Rodrigo (2-L) and Gonzalo (C), who have sold the rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude to Netflix; they will work as executive producers on the Spanish-language show.

The series will be shot largely in Colombia, Netflix said. García Marquez’s sons, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, will serve as executive producers.

 

García Márquez’s Nobel-prize winning One Hundred Years Of Solitude is one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century.

While other García Márquez novels have been turned into films such as Love in the Time of Cholera and Chronicles of a Death Foretold, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist doubted how the expansive and mythical One Hundred Years of Solitude could be adapted. García Márquez died in 2014.

‘For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to One Hundred Years Of Solitude 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,’ García 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.’

The Oscar-winning Roma and the Pablo Escobar series Narcos are among the Spanish-language originals that have been successes for Netflix.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is about multiple generations of the Buendía family told across a century. It’s considered one of the greatest works of magical realism, a genre García Márquez popularized in which the fantastical and the real were wedded as one.

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