Netflix has acquired the rights and is planning the first screen adaptation of Gabriel García Marquez’s landmark 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” which will be made into a Spanish-language original series.
The sprawling magical-realism genre story is set in the mythical town of Macondo, told through the history of seven generations of the Buendía family over the course of a century.
Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha will serve as executive producers on the series which will be shot mostly in Colombia. The pair say the author was reluctant to adapt the property because of film length constraints and the budgetary limitations that used to come with non-English language productions.
That’s no longer a problem in the age of streaming and Netflix where multiple series of varying languages have become both critically acclaimed and massive global hits. The book itself has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.