In response to news reports tying Netflix with a production reportedly titled Alexander the Great, the streaming platform released a statement denying any knowledge or affiliation with such a production.
Netflix has categorically denied any association with a production titled Alexander the Great that was rumoured to be looking at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert as a potential location for filming.
In a statement to BroadcastPro ME, Netflix said: “Netflix is not in any way related to this production, its content, the team behind it or the related casting call that was shared across social media platforms.”
Netflix took the opportunity instead to confirm its own MENA originals, which are due to be released this year.
“We are proud of our productions in the Arab world, which currently include Al Rawabi School for Girls, Paranormal and Abla Fahita. We encourage everyone to use our Media Center as the only source of information about Netflix Originals,” a Netflix spokesperson said.
Egypt’s iconic comedic puppet character Abla Fahita is set to return to TV screens, showing the human side of Abla Fahita in a social comedy-drama. It is set to be released in 2020, according to an official statement.
Al Rawabi School for Girls is a high school drama produced with a full female Arab cast and crew. The series tells the story of how a bullied girl gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all bad, and no one is all good.
Paranormal is an adaptation of the best-selling books by the late Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. Produced and directed by Egyptian filmmakers Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, Paranormal is Netflix’s first foray into Egyptian drama. Set in 1960s Egypt, Paranormal sees Dr Refaat Ismail, plunged into a series of supernatural events as he attempts to unravel the mysteries behind each unique and unusual case.