Netflix gets rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of SolitudeStreaming giant Netflix has acquired the rights to adapt Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 seminal work, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

This will be the first time in history the novel will be adapted to the screen. The Nobel Prize-winning author previously had had doubts about fitting the complex novel into the restrictive structure of film and he wanted it to be adapted in Spanish. According to a report by The Guardian, the book will be adapted into a Spanish-language series and filmed largely in the Nobel prize-winning author’s home country of Colombia, with García Márquez’s sons, Rodrigo García and Gonzalo García Barcha, serving as executive producers.

Garcia said:

“For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude 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…

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, expressed excitement about the project:

“We are 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.

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.”

Other recently successful Spanish-language projects on Netflix include the Oscar-winning film, Roma, and the drama series, Narcos.

This will be the latest in adaptations of Garcia Marquez’s works which include the 2007 film Love in the Time of Cholera and Chronicle of a Death Foretold which was made into a film and a Broadway musical.

Watch this space for more updates on One Hundred Years of Solitude.