Ever since Netflix has made it to our region, we’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats most of the time, eagerly anticipating what they’ll deliver next. Lately, the world’s leading online streaming platform has shown great interest in the MENA market, gradually filling up its library with Arabic productions. Earlier today, we stumbled upon the latest, and most thrilling, Arabic Netflix Original to date, and we couldn’t help but share the great news with you.
Netflix is officially cooperating with producer Mohamed Hefzy and filmmaker Amr Salama. Together, they’re producing ‘Paranormal’, Netflix’s latest horror series that’s based on late Egyptian Author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s 81-novel series, Ma Waraa’ Al Tabi’aa.
Paranormal, which is set in the 1960s, follows the adventures of Dr. Refaat, who comes across a series of supernatural events. This is the second adaptation for the late author’s work, who passed away in 2018. Hefzy also produced Zodiac, the Ramadan 2019 thriller series that was based on Tawfik’s book, ‘Hazzak Al Yawm’. Unfortunately, Zodiac did not meet expectations cinematically and honestly, it was quite a disappointment. However, we have much higher expectations for Paranormal, with Netflix and a reputable director like Salama hopping on board.
“Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama”, Salama told The Hollywood Reporter.
Salama has a portfolio of interesting productions under his belt; he’s best known for ‘Sheikh Jackson’, that was co-produced by Hefzy, and ‘Excuse My French’. Meanwhile, Hefzy, one of Egypt’s giant producers, is behind films like Yommedine, and Clash, which proudly made it to Cannes.
Neither the cast nor the official release date has been announced yet. However, it’s worth mentioning that Paranormal is not the first Arabic Netflix Original produced for the region.
The first was the standup-comedy, Adel Karam: Live from Beirut, which was released last year. As for the second production, it’s none other than the anticipated Jordanian thriller series, Jinn, which is expected to drop on June 13th. Last month, another production, titled Al Rawabi School for Girls, was announced.
Don’t miss Ramadan 2019 series on Netflix, including Bassel El Khayat’s Al Katib; check out our full review here.
By Nadine Arab