Netflix are turning ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ into a TV series

The late Gabriel García Márquez's 1967 novel has sold over 50 million copies worldwide

Gabriel García Márquez’s classic novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude is being adapted by Netflix for a brand new TV series.

García Márquez, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 87, was a celebrated novelist during his lifetime, with his 1967 work in question selling over 50 million copies worldwide.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude will be made into a Spanish-language series by Netflix after they acquired the rights to García Márquez’s landmark novel. García Márquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha will serve as executive producers on the series, and filming will primarily take place in the late author’s native Colombia.

“For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad because he believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia said in a statement.

“In the current golden age of series, with the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content, and the acceptance by worldwide audiences of programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product.”

Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s VP of Spanish-language originals, added: “We are incredibly honoured to be entrusted with the first filmed adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude, a timeless and iconic story from Latin America that we are thrilled to share with the world.

“We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series, and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

In other Netflix news, the streaming service recently responded to reports which suggested that Steven Spielberg is seeking to block Netflix films from being nominated at the Academy Awards.