Streaming giant Netflix has acquired rights to the 1967 multigenerational masterpiece novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by the Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The novel would be adapted into a Spanish language TV series. Netflix did not disclose when “One Hundred Years of Solitude” would begin filming or when it would be released on the platform.
This is in fact the first time that the novel is being adapted for onscreen viewing. In a statement on Wednesday, the author’s son, Rodrigo Garcia, explained that the Marquez family was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Anos de Soledad because he believed that a feature film in a language other than Spanish would not do justice to the novel. But today’s age of series, the quality of content and the acceptance of foreign languages by a global audience, Netflix was the right platform for the novel’s adaptation into a TV series. Rodrigo and his brother Gonzalo Garcia Barcha will act as executive producers on the project, which is set to be filmed predominantly in Colombia.
A Spanish TV series is not unprecedented in Netflix’s viewership history. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” moved to the streaming service after a brief theatrical run. It then went on to win 10 Oscar nominations and three wins for best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film.
Netflix’s other Spanish language ventures to be launched by 2020- “El Desorden que Dejas,” a psychological thriller, “El Vecino,” a superhero comedy, “Valeria” a female-led dramedy, “Memorias de Idhun,” an animated series based on fantasy novel trilogy and “Dias de Navidad,” a three-episode dramatic miniseries.