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Netflix to adapt 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' into Spanish-language series

Streaming giant acquires rights for Gabriel García Marquez's famous 1967 novel, one of the most celebrated Latin American works of the century.

Wednesday 6 March, 2019
Famous Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Famous Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Foto:AP

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Netflix has acquired the rights to Colombian novelist Gabriel García Marquez'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.

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

While other García Marquez novels have been turned into films such as Love in the Time of Cholera and Chronicles of a Death Foretold, the Nobel Prize-winning author doubted how the expansive and mythical One Hundred Years of Solitude could be adapted. Garcia Marquez 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," Garcia said.

But in the current "golden age" of TV series, with quality writing and directing "and the acceptance by worldwide audiences of programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better," he said.

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

García Marquez was a leading member of the "Latin American boom" of authors ofthe 1960s and 70s that included Nobel laureates Octavio Paz of Mexico and Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru.

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

-TIMES/AP/AFP

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