Netflix will adapt Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel Midnight's Children into a television series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series order "marks one of the first key moves for new executive Simran Sethi, who joined the streamer as a creative executive in India from Freeform last year."
Rushdie said, "I am absolutely delighted that Midnight's Children will have a new life on Netflix and greatly look forward to working with them to help create it." The Booker Prize-winning title had been previously adapted as a Canadian-British film directed by Deepa Mehta in 2013.
"Midnight's Children is one of the great novels of the world, and its themes are still relevant to the India of today," said Erik Barmack, v-p international originals at Netflix. "The narrative continues to fascinate audiences decades after it was first published. We are incredibly excited to translate this pioneering work of fiction that parallels the birth of modern India, for a global audience. The rich experience and talent of Indian creators combined with the global reach of Netflix have the potential for millions more people around the world to rediscover this story."
A trailer is out for The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, based on the bestselling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. People magazine also featured an exclusive scene from the movie, which will be available for streaming on Netflix starting August 10.
Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), the film stars Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Glen Powell, Penelope Wilton, Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Courtenay.
Producing are Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan from the Mazur/Kaplan Company (he is the owner of Books & Books in southern Florida and the Cayman Islands), along with Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin from Blueprint Pictures (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges).