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Netflix to Adapt Gabriel García Márquez's 100 Years of Solitude

It's the first time the beloved literary classic will appear onscreen.
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It's always a gamble to let Hollywood tinker with a masterwork—a risk author Gabriel García Márquez was well aware of. It's why he never sold the rights to Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), his classic novel about a multi-generational Colombian family.

But Márquez died in 2014, and his sons, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, have decided to grant Netflix the chance to finally bring the long-loved book to the screen. Here, everything we know about the upcoming television adaption.

MÁRQUEZ'S SONS—WHO WILL SERVE AS THE SHOW'S EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS—BELIEVE THAT WERE IT NOT FOR THE RENAISSANCE OF PRESTIGE TELEVISION, THE BOOK NEVER COULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFULLY ADAPTED.

"For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad 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,” Garcia said in a statement.

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"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," he continued. "We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product."


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THE SERIES WILL BE IN SPANISH, AND MOSTLY FILMED IN COLOMBIA.

Not only will these decisions help faithfully adapt Márquez's novel, but they'll help Netflix expand it foreign-language content offerings. Francisco Ramos, Vice President of Spanish Language Originals for Netflix, explained in a statement that there was an eager audience for the series. "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," he said.


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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