The Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude will soon get a Netflix treatment. The streaming giant announced that they have acquired the rights to adapt the novel to a new series. The project is reportedly the first time the novel is being adapted for the screen. Variety reported that Netflix’s production will be in Spanish and will be based on the novel, which was originally published in 1967. One Hundred Years of Solitude has been estimated to have sold 50 million copies globally.
The film will be executive produced by Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha. Reports said that it will be primarily shot in Columbia. "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.
While Marquez’s other novels such as Chronicles of a Death Foretold and Love in a Time of Cholera were adapted for films, the author never allowed One Hundred Years of Solitude to be adapted into a film. He reportedly could not figure out this particular novel could be modified to fit a screen.
Netflix’s other Spanish language films such as Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma have found a large number of viewers worldwide. In fact, Roma even won three Academy Awards in 2019. The streaming giant’s series titled Narcos, which is based on the life of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s life has also found a large number of viewers.
One Hundred Years of Solitude revolves around the story of the Buendia family. The head of the family, Jose Arcadio Buendia, was the founder of the fictitious Colombian town of Macondo.Read More