Thursday, June 28, 2018

Netflix Gives Series Order to Drama 'Midnight's Children' Based on Salman Rushdie's Classic Novel

Netflix has today given a series order to a television adaptation of Midnight's Children, the classic 1981 novel by Salman Rushdie. A premiere date window and episode count were not immediately announced.

The drama follows the life of Saleem Sinai, who was born on the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the same time as India's independence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of India's national affairs - his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation. His life is inseparable and at times indistinguishable from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.

"Midnight's Children is one of the great novels of the world, and its themes are still relevant to the India of today," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals, Netflix. "The narrative continues to fascinate audiences decades after it was first published. We are incredibly excited to translate this pioneering work of fiction that parallels the birth of modern India, for a global audience. The rich experience and talent of Indian creators combined with the global reach of Netflix have the potential for millions more people around the world to rediscover this story."

"I am absolutely delighted that Midnight's Children will have a new life on Netflix and greatly look forward to working with them to help create it," added Rushdie.