Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude was first published in 1967, and is often thought of as one of the most significant works of modern literature. The Nobel Prize winning writer was approached again and again for film rights to the story during his lifetime but refused all offers, worried that the expansive, multi-generational novel would lose its essence when constrained by visual storytelling.
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The Colombian author also insisted that if an adaptation would take place then it must be in Spanish. Since his death, García Márquez’s two sons have been in control of the work and have decided to bring their father’s novel to the small screen. The brothers will be executive producers on the project with Netflix, and say they have decided to open a new “great chapter” stating:
“In the last three or four years, the level and prestige and success of series and limited series has grown so much . . . Netflix was among the first to prove that people are more willing than ever to see series that are produced in foreign languages with subtitles. All that seems to be a problem that is no longer a problem.”
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The new adaptation will be created for Netflix by Solvan “Slick” Naim, and produced by Will Smith. The adaptation is being billed as a contemporary musical film and will be set in the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York.
Other stars have already been announced but the actor playing the main character was kept quiet. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) has since announced to the BBC that Guy Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).
Andy Serkis will play Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner) is the Ghost of Christmas Future, while The Ghost of Christmas Present is yet to be announced.