CAIRO - 19 July 2020: Egyptian director Amr Salama finished shooting "Paranormal".
Netflix's previously announced new original Middle Eastern series.
The series is based on the Arab world's best-selling books carrying the same name.
Written by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, the bookssold more than 15 million copies.
“Paranormal” will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzyand Amr Salama.
Set in the 1960s, the series, packed with mystery and suspense, depicts the adventures of the leading character,Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.
"We are excited to continue our investment in Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed 'Paranormal' novels into a thrilling new series. We’re also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama, whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our global audience," Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix previously said.
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.
Show producer, Mohamed Hefzy, commented, "I’m proud to be working with Netflix on bringing 'Paranormal', which I hold dear to my heart, to life.
"I’m also excited to be cooperating again with long-time collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama," Hefzy continued.
"I’m very excited about this project. It has always been my dream to make Ahmed Khaled Tawfik's 'Paranormal'into a series. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping its essence. I can't wait to introduce these exciting stories to Netflix's audience in 190 countries around the world," said producer anddirector Amr Salama.
Famed Egyptian actor Ahmed Amin plays the lead role in Netflix's first Egyptian series, Refaat Ismail character.
Salama said, "Amin brings a level of authenticity and a powerful on-screen presence that we felt was the ultimate fit for the portrayal of Dr. Refaat Ismail. With such a strong local cast paired with striking special effects, we can’t wait to get production underway next month."
Filmed in Egypt, "Paranormal" is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original show after "Jinn", which features a cast of emerging Jordanian talents and was released on June 13, 2019; and "Al-Rawabi School for Girls"