5 stories by Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz being adapted for TV

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Written by Mariam Naoum and produced by iProductions, 'Cairo' will be directed by Tamer Mohsen

Naguib Mahfouz

Five literary works by iconic Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz are being prepared for a multiple-season TV series entitled 'Cairo,' set for a 2022 premiere.

Written by Mariam Naoum and produced by iProductions, 'Cairo' will be helmed by director Tamer Mohsen, of Ott we Far film, who announced this week – through his marketing agency Mad Solutions – that he will introduce eight episodes per season.

Tamer Mohsen gained fame with his debut on TV in 2013 with 'Bedoon Zikr Asmaa', by writer Waheed Hamed, and in 2015 with 'Taht Al Saytara'.

In 2017, he wrote and directed the multi-award-winning 'Haza Al Masaa'. Currently, Mohsen is directing 'Taqato' Toroq', a new drama premiering in the Ramadan season of 2021, bringing a comeback of star Mona Zaki.

Critically-acclaimed writer Mariam Naoum wrote many successful TV series including Lih La and Nemra Etnein (2020), Zay El-Shams (2019), Kaeno Embareh and Abu Omar Al-Masry (2018), Wahat Al-Ghoroub (2017) after the earlier success of Seqout Hor, Taht El-Saytara, Segn El-Nisaa, Zaat, Moga Harra, Bialshame Al-Ahmar, in addition to films like Bein Bahrain (2018) and Wahed Sefr (2009).

Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), whose works inspired dozens of award-winning Arab and international films, plays and TV dramas, published his first novel in 1939.

Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy, Bayn Al-Qasrayn, Qasr Al-Shawq, Sukkariya (Between-the-Palaces, Palace of Longing, Sugarhouse) in 1957 won him great fame throughout the Arab world. He later released hit novels like The Children of Gebelawi (1959), The Thief and the Dogs (1961), Autumn Quail (1962), Small Talk on the Nile (1966), and Miramar (1967), as well as several collections of short stories.

Mahfouz served in many administrative and advisory positions until 1972, when his retirement from the Egyptian bureaucracy preceded an outburst of creativity that resulted in him winning The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988.

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