Netflix is adapting One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez’s acclaimed 1967 novel, into an original Spanish-language series. The late author’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha will executive produce the show, which will be filmed primarily in the writer’s native Colombia.
In a statement about the project, Garcia noted that their father was “reluctant” to sell the book’s film rights “for decades” “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.” He continued, “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 programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product.”
Francisco Ramos, Vice President, Spanish Language Originals for Netflix, enthused that the company is “incredibly honored 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.” He added, “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.”
No additional details about the series, like casting or a filming timetable, have been announced as of this writing.
Márquez, who died in 2014 at age 87, is widely considered one of the most accomplished authors of the 20th century. The writer, who helped develop the style of magic realism, received the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.