Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude is about to receive its first screen adaptation ever.
Netflix on Wednesday announced that a series adaptation of the classic 1967 novel is in the works, touting it as the "first filmed adaptation." García Márquez for years had turned down offers to make his book into a feature film, as he was always worried it wouldn't work as one movie, García Márquez's son, Rodrigo García, explained to The New York Times. He also insisted that any adaptation be in Spanish.
Netflix's adaptation will indeed be in Spanish, and García told the Times that "Netflix was among the first to prove that people are more willing than ever to see series that are produced in foreign languages with subtitles." The streamer last year released Roma, a Spanish-language film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was a frontrunner for Best Picture.
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García added in a statement on Wednesday, per Deadline, that "in the current golden age of series," the "time could not be better" to adapt the novel and that "we are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture."
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