Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is being adapted as a series for Netflix, which has also ordered a second season of its Colombian drama Wild District.
Wild District (Distrito Salvaje), which marked Netflix’s first original Colombian series, began filming its second season this week in Bogotá. The new season, starring Juan Pablo Raba, Cristina Umaña, Camila Sodi and Christian Tappan, will premiere on the service in 2019.
Rodrigo Mazon, VP of content acquisition for Latin America and Spain at Netflix, said: “We are very excited about the great reception of the series and happy to continue investing in the amazing content and talent that Colombia has to offer. Great stories transcend borders and we are proud to be a platform to bring them closer to all audiences.”
Netflix has also acquired the rights to develop the beloved and acclaimed novel One Hundred Years of Solitude into a Spanish-language original series. The book was first published in 1967 and since that time has sold an estimated 50 million copies around the world and has been translated into 46 languages.
García Márquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha will serve as executive producers on the series, which will be filmed mainly in Colombia. “For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años 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. “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. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product.”
“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,” said Francisco Ramos, VP of Spanish-language originals for Netflix. “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”