Netflix has announced that it is set to adapt Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children” into an original drama series which will be available to stream globally across 190 countries.
The story follows the life of Saleem Sinai who was born on the stroke of midnight on August 15th 1947, the time of India’s independence from the British empire. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of India’s national affairs, his life is inseparable and indistinguishable from his country’s history.
He also has telepathic powers linking him with India’s other 1,000 children all born at the same time as him. Rushdie won the Booker Prize for the novel, as well as a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. An independent film adaptation in 2012 earned mixed reviews from critics.
The announcement comes as rival Amazon announced three of its own series – an adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s “Panic” about a rural town that hosts an annual and illegal high-stakes game, Sarah Streicher’s female ‘Lord of the Flies’-style thriller “The Wilds,” and the drama series “College” which has Jill Soloway and Channing Tatum as executive producers in the story of six roommates and the bonds that form.