Expected to be filmed in Egypt, Paranormal is the Middle Eastern Netflix original after Jinn. It will feature a cast of Jordanian talents and will be released on June 13, 2019.
Netflix has announced Paranormal, a new original Middle Eastern series, which will be produced by Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama.
Directed by Salama, Paranormal is Netflix’s first foray into Egyptian drama.
The series is based on Paranormal by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik that sold more than 15m copies.
Set in the 1960s, the series is packed with mystery and suspense and depicts the adventures of the protagonist Dr Refaat Ismail, a single haematologist, who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.
Commenting on the new production, Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix said: “We are so excited to be investing in more Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed Paranormal series of novels into an exciting show. Were also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our international audience.”
This third Middle Eastern Netflix original show reflects the company’s commitment to exploring more stories and talents in the region. This will give filmmakers and audiences in the Middle East presence on a global platform to both tell and enjoy a variety of exciting new stories.
Speaking on the new release, Show producer, Mohamed Hefzy, added: “Im proud to be working with Netflix on bringing to life the Paranormal series, which I hold dear to my heart. Im also excited to be cooperating again with longtime collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama.”
Producer & Director, Amr Salama noted: “Im very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt Paranormal of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. Im proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of Paranormal. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the world” said
Expected to be filmed in Egypt, Paranormal is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original show after Jinn, which features a cast of emerging Jordanian talents and is set to be released on June 13, 2019, and Al Rawabi School for Girls, which was announced last April. These productions reflect Netflix’s dedication to investment in Middle Eastern Arabic content.