Last night, the long-awaited trailer of Youssef El Sherif’s upcoming Ramadan series, Al Nehaya, was released, and only a few hours later, it was already trending!
Al Nehaya is a major comeback for El Sherif after a two-year hiatus, where he presents the first-ever Egyptian futuristic sci-fi drama. The series is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy, and also stars Amr Abdelgelil, Ahmed Wafik, Mohamed Lotfy, Nahed El Sebaay, and more.
Egyptians were all amazed by the size of the series’ production. Last night, on a phone call with OnE’s Khaled Abou Bakr, the series director, Yasser Samy revealed that the entire production is made in Egypt by Egyptians. What we find quite impressive though is the VFX, something that we weren’t really excelling at here in the Egyptian industry, but The Crew, the post-production house, seems to be exceeding expectations already!
We were a bit concerned about the work’s originality, though. The trailer feels like it’s straight out of a Hollywood movie and we’re already seeing a combination of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix, Blade Runner 2049, and Altered Carbon. However, Atef wrote a teasing Facebook status last night, confirming that the story is 100% original. What about the scenes, though? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, we’re incredibly excited to watch Al Nehaya, and we’re super proud that an Egyptian team can bring out something of such high quality. So, hats off in advance!