Netflix Inc will premiere its first Egyptian television programme, Paranormal, on Thursday, a significant move in the Middle Eastern policy of the streaming giant.
The Netflix series is based on the books about a doctor by Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik whose lifetime science beliefs are abruptly called into question. In Arabic, his widely acclaimed novels have sold over 15 million copies.
Our plan is to invest in Arab designers, in Arab development, in Arab content. We revealed four projects, plus ‘Paranormal,” said Ahmed Sharkawi, Netflix’s director of the original Arabic and African episodes.
Refaat Ismail, a sceptical doctor with a dark wit, whose views about the real world are put to the test as he starts to witness paranormal events, is a paranormal core.
“This is one of the projects of my life. Since I was a child, I have enjoyed (novels) … Since 2006, we’ve been trying to get (a series) out, so finally it was presented to the public,’ said Amr Salama, co-producer with Mohamed Hefzy on the show.
Historically, Egypt was called the “Middle East Hollywood” and produces the most Arabic films and TV series that are commonly watched in the country.
“We’re on a worldwide network … So there is a possibility that is distinct from every other incentive we’ve been working on. Ahmed Amin, who plays the show’s lead, said that we will now have fans from other places, other countries, who speak other languages.
Netflix has said that by the end of the year it plans to finish filming over 150 productions and that it will release more original content relative to 2020 in each quarter of 2021.
Published in Dharti News, November 3rd, 2020