Macondo characters brought to TV screen

Netflix to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabo, a short time before he died in 2014.

The Buendia family and its utopic village of Macondo, imagined by the brilliant mind of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, will be brought to people's living rooms with the first screen adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude. The streaming giant Netflix has acquired the rights to one of the most influential novels of the 20th century, five years after its author's death.

The series' viewers will see at least seven generations of Buendias being afflicted by insomnia. The characters in the book are also swarmed by yellow butterflies and throw themselves into all sorts of sexual exploits, some of which more than obscene, seeing as they involve incest. The TV adaptation was made possible after Marquez's heirs - his sons, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha - agreed to terms with the streaming company.

Not much is known about the project at this point. What is certain is that the series will be in Spanish, which was one of the author's requirements. Rodrigo and Gonzalo 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 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,” Rodrigo Garcia said. “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 programmes in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he added.

“We are incredibly honoured 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. 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,” Francisco Ramos, vice president of Spanish-language originals at Netflix, said in a statement.

The streaming giant has recently seen significant success with Spanish-language originals, such as Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, which won three Academy Awards this year, and the hit series Narcos, which tells the story of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel in the 1980s.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the best-selling novels in contemporary literature, gaining the status of a true classic and a must-read for book lovers all over the world. It was named “the most influential book” in a Telegraph ranking. It came out in 1967 and caused just as big of a mania as The Beatles on the other side of the world did at the time. Over 50 million copies of the novel in 46 languages have been sold to date. Its author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

 

 

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