Letting Hollywood tinker with a masterpiece is like taking a leap in the dark, and none knew it better than Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. Hence, he never let go the rights of his classic novel – One Hundred Years of Solitude which is about a multi-generational Colombian family.
However, Márquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha surprised all the Netflix members worldwide as they decided to give streaming giant the chance to finally bring the long-loved book on screen. It will adapt the book into a Spanish-language series and the filming will mostly be in author Gabriel García Márquez’s home country of Colombia, with his sons serving as executive producers.
Acquiring the rights to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude was no easy task. Especially when Márquez was skeptical of the beloved novel’s capacity to fit into the time constraints of a featured film. Further the author was insistent that no other language than Spanish would do justice to the novel.
But the changing dynamics of cinematography have convinced the Garcia brothers to sell the rights to Netflix. “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”, said the brothers.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is however Márquez’s not first work to be adapted for the screen. The 1985 novel ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ was adapted for film in 2007 and the author’s 1981 novella ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ has been adapted for both film and Broadway musical.