As Netflix continues to expand its original programming slate, the streaming giant has announced Jinn as its first Arabic series.
Jinn is a contemporary teen drama centered around a group of friends whose lives are disrupted when a supernatural being known as a Jinn appears to them in the form of a teenage boy in the ancient city of Petra. Their friendships and young romances are tested when they set out to stop an even greater darkness that is threatening to destroy the world.
The creative team includes executive producers Elan and Rajeev Dassani, director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and writer Bassel Ghandour.
“This is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project,” said Bou Chaaya.
The series will be filmed in Jordan and star Middle Eastern actors.
“We are really excited about this. It is very common in Middle East that people know someone who has a jinn story, so it’s nice to take that and turn it into a fun and mysterious teen adventure that everyone can enjoy,” added Ghandour. “On a broader note, I love that Netflix is investing a lot in the region, it’s a real turning point. We have such a rich storytelling culture, and we’ll finally be able to enjoy Arabic content with Netflix quality.”
Jinn will likely be released on Netflix in 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter